Community Behavioral Health Survey
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."
COP-RCORP Community Behavioral Health Survey FAQs
What is the survey about?
The survey is to understand community attitudes toward behavioral health, such as mental illness and substance use disorder.
How did participants take the survey?
The post cards sent to participants had a link to the survey and were sent in the mail. Participants clicked the link or received a paper copy of the survey closer to the deadline and returned it by mail.
Why were some people chosen and some not?
Participants were chosen based on a bank of publicly available addresses in the community. Addresses were randomly chosen to make sure that we heard from people throughout the entire county. No names weare associated with addresses and will never be linked to survey responses. Answers are anonymous and nothing included on the survey will be associated with any identifying information.
Why was I not chosen?
While we would love to survey everyone, that wasn’t in our budget. We apologize if you were not chosen and would like to participate, but there are no plans to send out more invitations.
How will survey answers be used?
Survey answers will be anonymous and nothing included on the survey will be associated with any identifying information about participants(not their name, address, etc.). Everyone’s results will be analyzed and reported together as a large group response and no individual results will be shared. The response will help prevention specialists by:
• Providing information to guide future activities and project implementation.
• Gaining a sense of community attitudes toward mental health and substance abuse to act against related stigma.
• Helping to prevent negative outcomes of substance use and mental health concerns.
Who is the survey from?
The survey is from the individual counties (Seneca, Sandusky, Fairfield, Ashtabula) participating in the COP-RCORP initiative in partnership with Ohio University and the Pacific Institute of Research and Evaluation (PIRE) and Gallup.
Who sponsors the survey?
The survey was made possible by a federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). 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.
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
How can I get involved otherwise?
Depending on your county of residence, click below for more information about how to get involved:
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.