Access to Services in Rural Communities
Access to services–such as substance abuse treatment, mental health care, and parenting classes–necessary for child welfare practice is often more difficult in rural counties than in urban communities. States and jurisdictions have come up with creative solutions to address this lack of access. Find resources in this section related to access to services in rural communities, including State and local examples.
Access to Mental Health Services and Family Impact of Rural Children with Mental Health Problems (PDF - 333 KB)
Lenardson, Ziller, Lambert, Race, & Yousefian (2010)
Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy
Discusses a study on access to mental health services and family impact of rural children with mental health problems.
Access to Social Services in Rural America: The Geography of the Safety Net in the Rural West (PDF - 430 KB)
Allard &Cigna (2008)
Investigates social service provision in two high poverty rural regions in the American West.
The Social Service Divide: Service Availability and Accessibility in Rural Versus Urban Counties and Impact on Child Welfare Outcomes
Belanger & Stone
Child Welfare, 87(4), 2008
Finds that social services are more available and accessible in urban versus rural counties, signaling a need for public policy addressing service allocation.
State and Local Examples
A New Approach to Early Intervention: Virtual Home Visits (PDF - 1,843 KB)
News and Notes,104, (February 2010)
Family Center on Technology and Disability
Explores the challenges of providing home visiting services to rural families with infants and toddlers with disabilities and the potential of virtual home visits for reaching these families.
Taking Services Beyond Boundaries: How the Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center is using Mobile CACs to Improve Care for Underserved Children and their Families (PDF - 1,352 KB)
Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center (2010)
Explores how mobile child advocacy centers (Mobile CACs) can be used to increase the availability of services and resources for underserved children and families who have been victimized by sexual abuse.
Virtual Visitation and Child Welfare (PDF - 15,821 KB)
CW360° (Spring 2011)
University of Minnesota, Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare
Explores the use of technology to facilitate visiting between separated parents and children and the possibilities for child welfare agencies.