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MSU Mankato addresses rural mental health with new addition

KEYC News Now This Morning Recording
Published: Mar. 4, 2022 at 6:56 AM CST
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MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) - Minnesota State University Mankato hopes to address a mental health professional shortage with a new addition.

This fall, MSU’s College of Allied Health and Nursing will establish a Center for Rural Behavioral Health.

The center hopes to improve access to behavioral health care for residents in outstate Minnesota.

A 2021 Minnesota Department of Health workforce report shows that 80 percent of Minnesota counties qualify as mental health professional shortage areas.

The founding director of the Center will be MSU professor Thad Shunkwiler.

Shunkwiler says COVID-19 has exacerbated behavioral health challenges and that, according to the CDC, 2021 saw a record number of drug overdoses in the United States.

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