Organizational Leaders Perceptions of Barriers to Accessing Behavioral Health Services in a Low-Resource Community

B. W. Montgomery, L. D. Maschino, J. W. Felton, K. Young, C. D.M. Furr-Holden, S. A. Stoddard

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Little is known about how to effectively implement behavioral health programs in low-resource communities. Leaders from 20 community-serving behavioral health organizations in Flint, MI, were asked about their organizations and the barriers that they, and the populations they serve, face in providing and accessing behavioral health services. Barriers are reported using a mixed-methods analysis, reporting the number and percentage of organizations that experienced the barrier along with example quotations from the organization leaders. The most frequently reported barrier to providing services was finding adequate funding (50%) while the most frequently reported barrier for accessing services was finding adequate and reliable transportation (30%). Comparisons of these findings with barriers reported by providers in different settings and those seeking services are discussed. These comparisons may provide an important next step in identifying areas where providers perceptions and the needs of the population are misaligned and for systemic improvements more broadly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-48
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Behavioral Health Services and Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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