Bridging Safe Access to Big Sandy combines the efforts and expertise of Mountain Comprehensive Care Center, Big Sandy Health Care, and the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund. Mountain Comprehensive Care Center is a community-based disabilities organization that has experience addressing sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking in the disability community. Big Sandy Health Care provides a wide array of medical, dental, behavioral health, and health educational services to residents of southeastern Kentucky. The Appalachian Research and Defense Fund is the largest legal aid organization in Kentucky, serving a 37 county region in the Appalachian mountains of eastern and South Central Kentucky. These regional organizations came together to address barriers and needs of survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault living with mental illness.
Our Unique Contribution
Bridging Safe Access to Big Sandy works in rural eastern Kentucky and addresses the needs of a five county area in the Central Appalachian Region. The region is a vastly rural and isolated area, with high rates of poverty and low educational levels. By bringing together healthcare providers, disability advocates, domestic and sexual assault advocates, as well as an organization focused in legal defense, this collaboration is comprehensively addressing service gaps for survivors living with mental illness and/or substance abuse.