Using Regional Governing Boards to Align Services for Rural Children of the Opioid Crisis

Using Regional Governing Boards to Align Services for Rural Children of the Opioid Crisis

Children affected by the opioid epidemic need a complex array of services and supports to safeguard their health and wellbeing, including child protective services, legal representation, educational services, comprehensive physical and mental health care, and often foster care placement coupled with family reunification strategies. Timely access to these services is especially difficult in rural areas. A research team led by Ohio State University will test a strategy that uses regional, multi-sector governing boards to help organizations work together in coordinating services for children in rural areas. Using a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods, the team will examine the influence of regional boards on cross-agency communication, adherence to evidence-based guidelines, and attainment of key program goals including family reunification. The research team will work with the Public Children Services Association of Ohio, Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities, and Ohio Council of Behavioral Health and Family Service Providers to carry out the study.

Principal Investigators

  • Alicia Bunger​, PhD
    Associate Professor
    The Ohio State University
     

 

Project Details

Year: 
2019
Status: 
Active
Primary Investigator: 
Alicia Bunger​