Lack of Substance Abuse Resources and Community Outreach in Monterey’s South County Rural Region Leads to Unexplored Resources
Capstone Project (Campus-Only Access)
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Health, Human Services and Public Policy
Collaborative Health & Human Services
There are limited substance abuse resources within South Monterey County. Contributing factors to that include: community being predominantly low-income and unable to pay for services, many are also largely unaware of the resources available locally, moreover, agencies lack of funding, understaffing issues, language barriers also contribute to the problem. South County ranges from as far as San Ardo to Gonzales. Until recently, many of the South County population had no choice but to go to the closest substance abuse treatment facility located 47 miles away. Sun Street Centers (SSC), who offers substance use recovery services, opened its doors at the beginning of 2019, in King City. SSC data shows that thirty-nine percent of their clients in Salinas were from South County. Limited substance abuse resources can consequently lead to continued substance abuse, unaware/unwanted services, unable to attain appointments or acquire services due to services being too far, expenses, and unmet court-ordained substance use treatment. Many South County residents are not aware of the services Sun Street offers because of the lack of community outreach. The project to gain SSC outreach and agency awareness to the community was by hosting a resource and job fair at SSC. The resource and job fair helped to gain new outreach into South County and not only helped expand SSC into the community, but also brought other agency services to the community. Data collection used was survey method. Out of the 29 surveyors, 28 ‘agreed and/or strongly agreed’ gaining a better insight of Sun Street and their services through the resource fair. 28 surveyors also ‘agreed/strongly agreed’ that SSC was a beneficial addition to the community.
Ramirez, Maria, "Lack of Substance Abuse Resources and Community Outreach in Monterey’s South County Rural Region Leads to Unexplored Resources" (2019). Capstone Projects and Master's Theses. 630.