Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Population Health and Health Policy

Few and Far Away: Detoxification Services in Rural Areas


Based on Working Paper #41: <i>Availability, Characteristics, and Role of Detoxification Services in Rural Areas</i>. <br></br>Findings: <li>Few rural detox providers exist; 82% of rural residents live in a county without a detox provider. <li>More than half of all rural detox providers serve a 100 mile radius. <li>Travel distances are a barrier to outpatient detox models. <li>Referral options to substance abuse treatment are limited, especially in isolated rural areas.</li>

Publication Type: 
Research and Policy Brief
Publish Date: 
December 30, 2009

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Hartley Retires as Director of the Maine Rural Health Research Center

David Hartley, PhD

David Hartley, PhD, the Director of the Maine Rural Health Research Center (MRHRC) and a Research Professor of Public Health has announced that he will be retiring from the University of Southern Maine August 31st, 2014. David came to the University in 1994 and has directed the MRHRC since 2004. Andy Coburn, PhD, Research Professor of Public Health, will take over as the new MRHRC Director. Erika Ziller, PhD continues in her role as Deputy Director. David has had a distinguished career in rural health and rural health research, and has made lasting contributions to the field with his work on rural behavioral health, rural disparities and health, and rural active living.

A celebration will be scheduled in early fall to honor David and his many contributions to the field and the University.


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