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Assessment of Four Substance Abuse Treatment Programs

NCJ Number
Kerry Lowden; Kim English
Date Published
March 2006
48 pages
This report presents the assessment findings from four juvenile substance abuse treatment programs in Colorado.
Overall, all four programs had a generally positive assessment in that most of the projects’ objectives were accomplished. Specific findings from the four programs indicated that the Boulder County Integrated Juvenile Substance Abuse Services was successful in working with external partner agencies; the CrossPoints Enhanced and Intensive Outpatient Program successfully kept 100 percent of their clients crime free while in treatment; the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center Marijuana Treatment added 125 new clients during their second year; and the Southern Ute-Ignacio Multi-Systemic Program accomplished over a 75 percent success rate during each of their last 3 years of funding. The report explains that over the past 5 years, the Byrne/JAG Board in Colorado committed more than $4 million toward juvenile substance abuse funding for these four programs that address juvenile substance abuse treatment in local communities. The evaluation of the four programs, the results of which are presented in this report, was limited by an inability to access treatment data without the express written permission of the client. The evaluation, therefore, was based on a content analysis of documents pertaining to each program, such as program applications and quarterly and final reports. In addition to providing details about each program’s focus, components, and outcomes, the report presents details about client demographics, attendance and retention, average number of days in treatment, and family involvement. The report enumerates the National Institute of Health’s 13 research-based principles of drug addiction treatment, which include the observation that no single treatment is appropriate for all individuals and that remaining in treatment for an adequate period of time is critical for treatment effectiveness. Additionally, the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSAT) findings from 2004 are presented and indicate that Colorado has 425 substance abuse treatment facilities serving 30,501 clients. Tables