Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Population Health and Health Policy

National Study of Substance Abuse Prevalence & Treatment Services in Rural Areas

1/1/2004 - 1/31/2005
John Gale
Principal Investigator: 
David Hartley

Substance abuse is a major and growing threat to the health and well-being of rural individuals, their families, and their communities. It frequently co-occurs with mental and/or physical health problems and is detrimental to effective school, job, and parenting performance and highly correlated with anti-social and criminal behavior. These problems may be more pervasive in rural areas given that higher rates of substance abuse are associated with higher levels of poverty and unemployment and lower levels of income. Substance abuse strains rural service systems which are often overextended and under-resourced relative to urban systems. As one moves further along the rural continuum, the demands on these service systems tend to increase while resource and funding levels decline. The ability to organize effective substance abuse delivery systems in rural communities is hampered by limited supplies of specialized providers and services, low population densities, and long travel distances for rural persons to obtain care.

Given the apparent disparity between need and the availability of services in rural areas, this project will explore these issues through the development of a rural substance abuse chartbook. We will use two national surveys sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to examine the prevalence of the use of different substances relative to the availability and use of treatment services as well as how this relationship may vary in rural communities of different sizes, regions of the country, and among different demographic groups.

This project will produce a comprehensive national chartbook on the prevalence of the abuse of legal and illegal substances across rural populations, the extent to which rural individuals are receiving treatment for their substance abuse, barriers to the receipt of treatment, and the distribution of substance abuse services across rural areas.

Start Date: 
Thu, 2004-01-01
End Date: 
Mon, 2005-01-31
Legacy Muskie ID: 

Nellie Mae Education Foundation nominates Pious Ali for the Lawrence W. O'Toole Award

Pious Ali

Pious Ali, Youth and Community Engagement Specialist in Cutler’s Children, Youth, and Families Programs, has been nominated for the Lawrence W. O’Toole Award by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. Pious is one of six nominees from the New England states.

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation believes that student-centered learning – where learning is personalized, engaging, competency-based and not restricted to the classroom – will prepare young people to graduate high school ready to contribute to their communities and succeed. This award is given out each year to an individual, school district, or non-profit that has exhibited great leadership in moving student-centered approaches to learning forward in the New England region.

The winner will be selected by online voting and will be awarded a $100,000 grant to help advance student centered learning!


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