Performance Improvement 1999. Substance Abuse Treatment

02/01/1999

TITLE: Evaluation of the Indian Health Service Adolescent Regional Treatment Centers, Volume I

ABSTRACT: The goal of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of, and consumer satisfaction with, the nine Regional Treatment Centers (RTCs) which provide alcoholism and substance abuse rehabilitation treatment to American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth. The primary objectives of this evaluation include: (1) assessment of the quality and effectiveness of the RTCs as measured by outcomes achieved, (2) determination of what the RTCs have accomplished, and (3) development of recommendations for continuous quality improvement of the RTCs. As part of the assessment of the accomplishments of the RTCs, this study describes the RTCs as they were in 1996, and the clients they served from 1993 through 1995. The findings of this evaluation can serve as a benchmark against which changes and progress can be measured. Thus, this evaluation should be useful to tribes and tribal organizations, the RTCs, IHS administrators, researchers, and to others interested in Indian health and the problem of adolescent alcohol/substance abuse. No RTC clients were interviewed, but all client data were collected by means of in-depth review of client charts maintained at each RTC. Recommendations include the following: (1) improve the continuum of care for adolescents with alcohol and other substance abuse problems, (2) improve RTC effectiveness and efficiency, and (3) improve RTC self-evaluation.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Public Health, Staff Office of Planning, Evaluation and Research

FEDERAL CONTACT: Frank Marion

PHONE NUMBER: 301-443-4700

PIC ID: 6744

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Indian Health Service, Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program Branch, Albuquerque NM