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Corrections Program Office: Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT)-- Final Report

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27 pages
This final report on the Lookout Enriched Treatment and Transitional Services (LETTS) project, a residential substance abuse treatment program in Colorado, reviews project achievements compared to set goals and objectives and outlines the problems encountered.
The project anticipated using 50 male beds and 20 female beds; overall, the average daily population has been approximately 30 males and 10 females. All youths entering the LETTS project are assessed by the Division of Youth Corrections diagnosticians using the State's approved assessment instruments. A prosocial activities group was added to the services being offered at both the male and female facilities. Currently there are 19 boys and 8 girls in the program, a significant reduction from the number projected to be served by the project. The LETTS staff continues to work closely with the aftercare contract agencies to ensure all components are in place at the time of transition. A major focus for the project was to increase services being provided for both youth and families. As a result, the number of individual sessions offered has been increased, and treatment services over the weekends have been established. The Division of Youth Corrections has been developing policies and procedures for the drug testing of youth in its facilities. The project continues to experience problems in the following areas: development of a transition plan that will be followed by client managers, lack of understanding and implementation by staff with the female participants, staff turnover and replacement of staff, no instrument to measure prosocial assets of youth, and inability to track prosocial activities and programs. Progress toward each program objective in each of the 10 quarters of operation is summarized, along with the problems experienced in each quarter. Extensive tabular data

Date Published: January 1, 1999