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Eval11 Session 47: Families on the Border: Using Evaluation and Program Data to Understand Family Problems and Value Family Strengths for a Recovery-Oriented Model of Care 

11-01-2011 16:34

Juvenile justice-involved adolescents entering substance abuse treatment tend to have multi-faceted family problems, and treatment programs often rely on these same families to provide direct sobriety support for their adolescent. Outpatient programs, where three-quarters of these youth are placed, face challenges in engaging families and providing resources to assist them. To learn more about the needs of their Latino and non-Latino participants, evaluators at one Arizona model program analyzed family context variables from pooled Global Appraisal of Individual Needs (GAIN) for 3,063 youth in similar programs in the four U.S-Mexico border states. Since GAIN family context data is limited, the evaluators undertook a client record review of rich narrative notes completed by clinical staff following intensive intake interviews with clients and family members. These data on family problems and strengths are matched with treatment outcomes to generate the nuanced understanding of families necessary to develop a recovery-oriented model of care.

#Alcohol,DrugAbuse,andMentalHealth #2011Conference #AdolescentSubstanceAbuseTreatment #GlobalAppraisalofIndividualNeedsGAIN #HispanicAdolescentsandFamilies

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