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