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Substance Use Treatment and Reentry (STAR) Program

Substance Use Treatment and Reentry (STAR) Program: Final Evaluation Report

Sarah B. Hunter
Christina Y. Huang
Copyright Date: 2014
Published by: RAND Corporation
Pages: 76
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    Substance Use Treatment and Reentry (STAR) Program
    Book Description:

    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), awarded grants to community organizations to expand and/or enhance reentry services to young offenders with substance use disorders on release. This report evaluates the Substance Use Treatment and Reentry (STAR) Program of Homeboy Industries, Inc., in collaboration with Behavioral Health Services, Inc., and the RAND Corporation.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-8672-3
    Subjects: Sociology, Law

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-ii)
  2. Preface
    (pp. iii-iv)
  3. Summary
    (pp. v-v)
  4. Table of Contents
    (pp. vi-vii)
  5. Figures
    (pp. viii-viii)
  6. Tables
    (pp. ix-ix)
  7. Acknowledgments
    (pp. x-x)
  8. Abbreviations
    (pp. xi-xi)
  9. Chapter 1: Introduction
    (pp. 1-2)

    Substance use disorders are the second most common psychiatric disorder in the juvenile justice system, with over 60 percent of juvenile justice youth receiving a substance use disorder diagnosis (Teplin et al., 2002; Vincent, 2012). Youth in the juvenile justice system have three times the rate of substance use disorders of the general juvenile population (Office of Applied Studies, 2003), demonstrating the need to address substance use among this population.

    The connection between substance use and crime is becoming increasingly well documented. Sustained abstinence from substance use is associated with a 40–70 percent reduction in crime (e.g., Harrell and...

  10. Chapter 2: Program Overview
    (pp. 3-5)

    In response to the SAMHSA/CSAT grant opportunity, a partnership was proposed between Homeboy Industries (HBI), Behavioral Health Services, Inc. (BHS), and RAND Corporation to create the STAR Program (Substance use Treatment And Reentry) to provide substance use and other reentry-related services for 220 young offenders aged 16–25 at HBI. The project award began in October 2010.

    The program was in direct response to the need for support services for formerly incarcerated youth between the ages of 16 and 25 who returned to Los Angeles and were in need of substance use treatment services. Of the over 58,000 youth arrested...

  11. Chapter 3: Evaluation Methods
    (pp. 6-8)

    The project was designed to employ a participatory performance assessment process based on the Getting to Outcomes® framework (Chinman et al., 2004) to determine whether the project objectives and outcomes were being achieved. Based on established theories of traditional evaluation, empowerment evaluation, results-based accountability, and continuous quality improvement, this framework builds practitioners’ existing capacity, empowering them to address aspects of planning, implementation, and evaluation of their programs rather than relying on external resources and evaluators. The process is designed to ensure regular reporting within the project team and to funders regarding progress achievements, barriers encountered, and quality improvement strategies to...

  12. Chapter 4: Findings
    (pp. 9-34)

    We use the program logic model to organize the findings from the project’s process and outcome evaluation.

    A significant number of staff across the three organizations participated in this project. The Project Director position was held by a licensed marriage and family therapist employed as a mental health counselor at HBI. The Project Data Manager was also a HBI employee who worked in the mental health department, primarily in an administrative role. The case management and intake coordinators (who provided outreach and recruitment efforts) and field interviewers were mainly former clients who had worked at HBI for over one year....

  13. Chapter 5: Conclusions and Recommendations
    (pp. 35-39)

    In October 2010, HBI, BHS, and the RAND Corporation initiated a collaboration in order to provide substance use treatment and wrap-around care to formerly incarcerated young offenders aged 16–25 who sought services at HBI, located in downtown Los Angeles, Calif.. Over the three-year period, the team successfully engaged 207 participants into the STAR program. During that period, over 70 percent of the participants successfully completed MET/CBT-5, an evidence-supported substance use treatment program. In addition to the MET/CBT-5, all participants were employed in a job-training program at HBI and were screened for other needs. Although not formally tracked, many received...

  14. Reference List
    (pp. 40-42)
  15. Appendix A: Outreach/Recruitment Tool
    (pp. 43-43)
  16. Appendix B: Treatment Progress Log
    (pp. 44-44)
  17. Appendix C: GPRA Client Outcome Instrument
    (pp. 45-58)
  18. Appendix D: STAR Locator Form
    (pp. 59-60)
  19. Appendix E: Case Tracking Log
    (pp. 61-62)
  20. Appendix F: Training Participation
    (pp. 63-63)
  21. Appendix G: Percentages of participants demonstrating desirable outcomes
    (pp. 64-65)