Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Health Administration


College of Health Professions

First Advisor

Annie N. Simpson

Second Advisor

Angie Branham

Third Advisor

Timothy Pohlman

Fourth Advisor

William Auxier


Intensive Outpatient programs for mental health and substance abuse have been shown to be an effective option for individuals with substance use disorders. Despite this, there are few options for individuals seeking this form of treatment in rural communities. It is often believed that high quality programs that address the core systemic social issues that underlie substance use disorders are too expensive for small rural healthcare organizations to utilize. This model shows one treatment program that is able to address multiple social safety net issues and produce positive outcomes in a rural setting by leveraging community partnerships, as well as discussing future policy implications.


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