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Transportation

Rural communities are more geographically dispersed and have fewer public transportation options. A lack of treatment facilities nearby often means that people must travel great distances, often to neighboring counties, in order to access services. Research shows that shorter travel distances are associated with longer stays in treatment programs and greater completion rates. Public transportation is often not available in rural settings or may run on a more limited schedule. Additionally, people who need to seek care may not have a driver's license or may not be able to transport themselves to treatment. Transportation services may help support rural substance abuse treatment programs.