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Proximity to service providers and service utilization among welfare recipients: The interaction of place and race

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  • Scott W. Allard

    (Brown University)

  • Richard M. Tolman

    (School of Social Work, University of Michigan)

  • Daniel Rosen

    (School of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh)

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    Currently, welfare programs coordinate a range of services to support work among welfare recipients and help them overcome barriers to employment. This paper considers the relationship between spatial proximity to and utilization of support services among welfare recipients. Accessibility of mental health and substance abuse service providers among welfare recipients is examined in the three-county Detroit metropolitan area and the relationship between mental health service accessibility and mental health service utilization among welfare recipients considered. Not only does access to service providers vary significantly across the metropolitan area by race and place, but these analyses reveal that greater spatial proximity to service providers increases the probability that welfare recipients will receive services. When controlling for access to providers and individual-level characteristics, we also find that African American welfare recipients are about half as likely to use mental health services as white recipients. © 2003 by the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.

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    Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.

    Volume (Year): 22 (2003)
    Issue (Month): 4 ()
    Pages: 599-613

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    Handle: RePEc:wly:jpamgt:v:22:y:2003:i:4:p:599-613
    DOI: 10.1002/pam.10157
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    2. Scott W. Allard, 2002. "The Urban Geography of Welfare Reform: Spatial Patterns of Caseload Dynamics in Detroit," Social Science Quarterly, Southwestern Social Science Association, vol. 83(4), pages 1044-1062.
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