Through the individual participating counties, the Communities of Practice for Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (COP-RCORP), distributed two surveys titled, Community Behavioral Health Survey, starting October 1, and ending November 19, 2021. One survey focused on questions about substance use and opioids and the other focused on mental health. Residents of Fairfield, Seneca, Sandusky, and Ashtabula counties were requested to participate and over 1,000 people responded to each survey!
Each Community Behavioral Health Survey was distributed randomly. Individuals received a postcard in the mail notifying them of the survey with a link on the postcard to access the survey electronically. The survey took 15–20 minutes to complete and was entirely anonymous. Only postcard recipients completed the survey.
so that compiled results could inform prevention specialists in Ohio on how to better serve the community.
“The results of this survey will help us address issues like mental health care, substance misuse and opioid use in these rural and Appalachian communities,” says Dr. Holly Raffle, the co-investigator leading the COP-RCORP consortia, “Completing this survey assessing attitudes in our community may open up opportunities for grants to implement programs to help stigmatized populations.”
What resources are available if someone I know needs help?
If this is an emergency, please hang up and call 9-1-1. You may also call 2-1-1 or the Mental Health Crisis Hotline at NAMI toll-free at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264). Another option is to text Text HOME to 741741.
If you would like more local resources, please find your relevant county below and click the image to see how you can find help
Specifically, the Community Behavioral Health Survey was made possible by grants GA1RH335320102 and GA1RH335290102 from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an operating division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HRSA or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.