Date of Award


Degree Name

School Psychology


Graduate School of Education and Professional Development

Type of Degree


Document Type


First Advisor

Fred Jay Krieg

Second Advisor

Sandra S. Stroebel

Third Advisor

Edna Meisel


Behavioral or mental health has historically been seen as a separate entity from medical or primary health care. With the increased utility of psychotropic medication, more and more patients are presenting to their primary care provider with behavioral health issues prompting the healthcare field to look for methods to integrate medical and behavioral health services. The current study examined the effectiveness of a pilot program that attempted to integrate services at a rural primary care clinic. The study asked whether participation in the program resulted in improved scores on a questionnaire of perceived health status and whether participating medical providers were satisfied with this integrated model. Results indicated that patient health status scores significantly improved at the conclusion of services. Analysis of qualitative data indicated high levels of provider satisfaction with Behavioral Health Consultation services including the quality of consultations and perceived helpfulness to patients.


Rural health clinics.

Rural health services - Utilization.

Rural mental health services.