Community Behavioral Health Survey

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Through the individual participating counties, the Communities of Practice for Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (COP-RCORP), will be distributing a survey titled, Community Behavioral Health Survey, starting October 1, 2021. Residents of Fairfield, Seneca, Sandusky, and Ashtabula counties are requested to participate.

 

The Community Behavioral Health Survey be distributed randomly. Individuals who receive a postcard in the mail notifying them of the survey may use the link on the postcard order to access the survey electronically. It will take 15–20 minutes to complete and is entirely anonymous.

 

It is extremely important that postcard recipients answer the survey because compiled results will inform prevention specialists in Ohio on how to better serve the community.

"Please 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 will I know if I am selected to take the survey?

 

If you are selected to take the survey, you will receive a series of postcards in the mail. The first post card you will receive will look like this:

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The second post card is a reminder about the survey and will look like this:

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If you do not respond by taking the survey at the link on the postcards, you will receive a paper copy of the survey with a cover letter that will look something like this:

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How do I take the survey?
If randomly selected, you will receive a postcard invitation in the mail that looks like theones shown above. The post cards have a with link to the survey in the mail. To participate in the survey, you can follow the link on your smart phone or computer.You will also receive a paper copy of the survey with a cover letter like the one shown above closer to the deadline and can fill out the paper copy and return it by mail.

What are other ways for me to take the survey if I receive the postcard?
If you do not complete the online survey via the QR code, a paper copy of the survey will be sent to you closer to the deadline. If you would prefer to complete the paper copy of the survey, please wait for the physical copy to arrive in the mail and return it as soon as possible to make sure your voice is heard!

 

Why was I chosen?

Participants were chosen based on a bank of publicly available addresses in the community. Addresses were randomly chosen to make sure that we hear from people throughout the entire county. No names are associated with addresses and will never be linked to your survey responses. Your answers will be anonymous and nothing you include on the survey will be associated with any identifying information about you (not your name, address, etc.).

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. After the survey is closed, we will be sharing a report about the survey results with the entire community.

How will my answers be used? 
Your answers will be anonymous and nothing you include on the survey will be associated with any identifying information about you (not your 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
 

 
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How can I get involved otherwise?

Depending on your county of residence, click below for more information about how to get involved:

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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.