Performance Improvement 1995. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

02/01/1995

Listing of Abstract Titles

Evaluation Design for the Comprehensive Community Services Program for Children With Serious Emotional Disturbance

Evaluation of Demonstration Treatment Programs in Job Corps

Evaluation of OSAP Demonstration Projects for Community Partnerships

Evaluation of OSAP Demonstration Projects on Pregnant and Postpartum Women and Their Infants (PPWI)

Making a Difference: Interim Status Report of the McKinney Research Demonstration Programs for Homeless Mentally Ill Adults

Second Report to Congress on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, 1993

TITLE: Evaluation Design for the Comprehensive Community Services Program for Children With Serious Emotional Disturbance

ABSTRACT NUMBER: 050

ABSTRACT: This project developed an overall design and instrumentation package for the Community Mental Health Services Program for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbance. The design was formulated to ensure that information needed to support Federal, State, and local policymakers is readily available and that data collected are useful in improving systems of care for children. The product of this contract is an evaluation design, which will be implemented under another contract.

FEDERAL CONTACT OFFICE: Office of Demonstration Programs, Center for Mental Health Services

PERSON: Roger Straw, Ph.D.

PHONE NUMBER: 301/443-3606

PIC NUMBER: 5029

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Macro International, Calverton, MD

P.I.: Susan Zaro

TITLE: Evaluation of Demonstration Treatment Programs in Job Corps

ABSTRACT NUMBER: 051

ABSTRACT: This evaluation examines the cost-effectiveness of the Drug Treatment Enrichment Program in curbing drug use among students receiving training at Job Corps Centers. Job Corps Centers are residential employment and training programs for high-risk youth. The evaluation, which began in July 1992 and continues for 4 years, compares the course of the Drug Treatment Enrichment Program, which provides enhanced services to curtail drug use, with the standard drug prevention and treatment program used at Job Corps Centers. Student drug use is assessed at intake, during, and 12 months after training at four centers with the enrichment program and at four control centers with the standard program. The most recent update from this demonstration program, covering almost 3,000 students entering the centers over a 6-month period in 1993, is contained in the Second Annual Report (November 1993). The enrichment program was found to be more successful and also more costly than the standard program. While 63 percent of students entering the enrichment program used drugs in the month before the program, their drug use declined to 31 percent during the program. In contrast, while 69 percent of students entering the standard program reported drug use, their use declined to 45 percent. The total cost of the enrichment program at each center was 2.5 times that at the control center. The evaluation is still in progress, with more updates expected.

FEDERAL CONTACT OFFICE: Office of Scientific Analysis and Evaluation, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment

PERSON: Charlene Lewis

PHONE NUMBER: 301/443-7730

PIC NUMBER: 4523

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Caliber Associates, Fairfax, VA

P.I.: Patricia Devine

TITLE: Evaluation of OSAP Demonstration Projects for Community Partnerships

ABSTRACT NUMBER: 052

ABSTRACT: The National Evaluation of the Community Partnership Demonstration Program (CPDP) is mandated by Congress to document and describe CPDP's implementation and identify successful strategies and common inhibitors to forming effective partnerships and implementing intervention strategies. This is a two-tiered evaluation that includes a broad assessment of all 251 partnerships, using routine collection and analysis of uniform information and an intensive assessment of 36 selected partnerships. The process and outcome evaluation is in its third and final year of data collection, documentation, and evaluation of partnership form and function. Interim reports were prepared in 1992 and 1993.

FEDERAL CONTACT OFFICE: Office of Scientific Analysis and Review, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention

PERSON: Shakeh Kaftarian

PHONE NUMBER: 301/443-4783

PIC NUMBER: 4515

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: ISA Associates, Alexandria, VA

P.I.: Janice Roehl

TITLE: Evaluation of OSAP Demonstration Projects on Pregnant and Postpartum Women and Their Infants (PPWI)

ABSTRACT NUMBER: 053

ABSTRACT: This evaluation assessed the implementation and effectiveness of the Pregnant and Postpartum Women and Their Infants (PPWI) Demonstration Program funded between 1989 and March 1991. The evaluation examined the process of implementing 90 PPWI grants: the coordination of program services within a large community environment and successes in overcoming obstacles to implementation. The outcome evaluation included 26 PPWI projects and addressed program effectiveness and the impact of the program on mother and child outcomes. Key findings of the evaluation included the following: The PPWI grantees were successful in improving the coordination, availability, and accessibility of health and alcohol and other drug-related services. At least one-third of the women served by these programs reduced their substance use. Babies born to PPWI clients were generally healthy, especially if their mothers took full advantage of prenatal services. Grantees made working agreements with an average of 13 other organizations for delivery of comprehensive services.

FEDERAL CONTACT OFFICE: Office of Scientific Analysis and Review, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention

PERSON: Soledad Sambrano

PHONE NUMBER: 301/443-9136

PIC NUMBER: 4517

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Macro International, Calverton, MD

P.I.: James Ross

TITLE: Making a Difference: Interim Status Report of the McKinney Research Demonstration Programs for Homeless Mentally Ill Adults

ABSTRACT NUMBER: 054

ABSTRACT: This evaluation is a multisite research demonstration project offering case management and housing to the homeless mentally ill. A total of 896 homeless adults with severe mental illness were randomly assigned to an intervention that combined housing and social services or to traditional services. The interventions varied across sites but were oriented to training participants in daily living, linking them to needed social and medical services, and assisting them in the receipt of entitlements and housing. Interim findings indicate that each of the five sites has been successful in reducing homelessness and improving the mental health of study participants: homeless adults with severe mental illness are willing to use accessible services targeted to their needs. The factors contributing to the success of the project include mental health treatment, receipt of entitlement income, and reliance on an interdisciplinary team of staff, including some formerly homeless people with mental illness. Participants' substance abuse was more significant than their mental illness in preventing them from finding or keeping housing. These interim findings are from followup at 6 to 12 months. Final results, from followup at 18 to 24 months, are expected to offer strategies for the design and management of programs for the homeless mentally ill.

FEDERAL CONTACT OFFICE: Center for Mental Health Services, SAMHSA

PERSON: Roger Straw, Ph.D.

PHONE NUMBER: 301/443-3606

PIC NUMBER: Unassigned

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Homeless Research Project

P.I.: Anthony Lehman, M.D., The Baltimore Project, Baltimore, MD

Stephen Goldfinger, M.D., The Boston Project, Boston, MA

David Stern, Ph.D., The New York City Street Outreach Project, New York, NY

Elie Valencia, J.D., The New York City Critical Time Project, New York, NY

Richard Hough, Ph.D., The San Diego Project, San Diego, CA

TITLE: Second Report to Congress on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, 1993

ABSTRACT NUMBER: 055

ABSTRACT: The National Structured Evaluation is the first systematic assessment of alcohol and other drug abuse prevention approaches that have been implemented across the country. The overall objective is to improve understanding of the elements of effective alcohol and other drug abuse prevention. It will address three evaluation questions. Which current prevention projects are effective and which factors contribute to their success? Can successful prevention efforts be replicated to other target populations? Which efforts are most effective with the general population, and which ones are most effective with special populations? The first report to Congress identifies drug abuse education and prevention efforts (including practices of Federal, State, and local governments) that focus on reducing alcohol and other drug abuse. The report lists programs that have evaluation components and reviews the reported findings and conclusions. The results show that many programs have not been evaluated; there are mixed results regarding strategies, outcomes, and impact on different target populations; and comprehensive community-based programs show the most promise. The report recommends evaluation technical assistance for program managers; increased program development research; support for comprehensive, community-based programs; and development of an evaluation information center.

FEDERAL CONTACT OFFICE: Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention

PERSON: Mel Segal

PHONE NUMBER: 301/443-5266

PIC NUMBER: 4313

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Conwal, Inc., Falls Church, VA

P.I.: Gay Hill, Ph.D.

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