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SAMHSA News - July/August 2007, Volume 15, Number 4


Rural Resources

TAP Series Resources

SAMHSA's Technical Assistance Publication 28: The National Rural Alcohol and Drug Abuse Network Awards for Excellence 2004: Submitted and Award-Winning Papers, is a resource that relates to rural issues. (See Rural Substance Abuse: Overcoming Barriers to Prevention and Treatment.)

“This Technical Assistance Publication (TAP) isn’t the first to address substance abuse treatment in rural areas,” said Ali Manwar, Ph.D., a social science analyst in the Division of State and Community Assistance at SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). Several other publications in CSAT’s TAP series focus on substance abuse prevention and treatment in rural areas:

  • TAP 10: Rural Issues in Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Treatment

  • TAP 17: Treating Alcohol and Other Drug Abusers in Rural and Frontier Areas

  • TAP 20: Bringing Excellence to Substance Abuse Services in Rural and Frontier America

These TAPs are available for viewing through SAMHSA’s National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information at http://ncadi.samhsa.gov.

Other Federal Resources

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers a wide range of online links to publications and services related to rural issues. Some links include:

  • SAMHSA
    Mental Health in Rural Areas

    SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services offers a list of links to Government resource centers and organizations that focus on helping rural communities. Visit http://mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/topics/explore/rural for more information.

  • Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
    The Office of Rural Health Policy

    HRSA’s Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) focuses on improving health care services in rural America. ORHP maintains a national information clearinghouse. Visit http://ruralhealth.hrsa.gov to learn more.

  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
    Rural Health Center

    Visit www.cms.hhs.gov/center/rural.asp for publications and links on rural health care.

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