Innovative Partnership Expands Access To Mental Health Care In Rural Arizona


Soraya Marashi


Apricus Health, a Phoenix-based physician-founded healthcare company, is proud to announce the expansion of its collaboration with leading behavioral health integration company evolvedMD to increase mental health care access in Northern Arizona. The expansion of services follows successful implementation at Apricus’ Flagstaff Family Care and will allow patients in rural and Northern Arizona to receive high-quality behavioral health services at Apricus Health’s Prescott location beginning in December.

“For rural Americans, the significant lack of access to mental health services compared to metropolitan populations has prevented many families from receiving the care they need. COVID-19 has amplified this issue even further,” said Apricus Health Founder and President, Dr. Kishlay Anand. “By leveraging a comprehensive approach with evolvedMD, we’re eliminating historical barriers to mental health treatment for our patients and their families.”

This announcement coincides with eye-opening findings from the 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in which 7.7 million nonmetropolitan adults reported having any mental illness in 2020, accounting for 20.5% of nonmetropolitan adults.

“evolvedMD has stayed on top of the current research and grim statistics around mental health services in rural communities. No one should have to suffer from any mental health issue just because they don’t live in a big metropolitan area,” said Erik Osland, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of evolvedMD. “Our upfront and ongoing approach has proven effective at primary care practices throughout the Valley, and we’re looking forward to bringing that same success to patients and their families in Prescott and neighboring areas.”

This press release was provided by evolvedMD.