Distribution of Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities Across the Rural - Urban Continuum (Research & Policy Brief)


This Research & Policy Brief highlights findings from a recent study examining the distribution of substance abuse treatment facilities in rural and urban counties and identifying the type and intensity of services provided.

Key findings include:

  • Access to substance abuse treatment is limited in rural areas by fewer treatment beds.
  • Less populated rural areas contain a small proportion of facilities offering a range of core services and varying levels of outpatient and intensive services.
  • Opioid treatment programs are nearly absent in rural areas.
Maine Rural Health Research Center
Jennifer Lenardson, John Gale