Minnesota State University, Mankato’s College of Allied Health and Nursing will establish a Center for Rural Behavioral Health in the fall to improve access to behavioral health care for residents in outstate Minnesota, to include residents of recognized reservations.

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

Minnesota State Mankato’s Center for Rural Behavioral Health will address that shortage, said Minnesota State Mankato President Edward Inch.