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MonDay Community Correctional Institution: RSAT Process Evaluation, Final Report

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Date Published
May 2001
128 pages
This report presents the methodology and findings of a process evaluation of the MonDay Community Correctional Institution's Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program (RSAT) in Dayton, Ohio.
In conjunction with the RSAT Federal grant, MonDay developed a therapeutic community (TC) that was fully implemented by January 1, 1998. The process evaluation was conducted from January 1998 to August 30, 1999. A one-group, post-test design was used to determine the profile of offenders being served, the nature of the service delivered, the intermediate outcomes of the program, how offenders were performing under post-release supervision, and the factors associated with post-release success. The study sample consisted of 90 cases (64 males and 26 females). Follow-up data were collected on terminated cases from their date of release until August 30, 1999. Site personnel collected intake, treatment, and termination data on their respective program clients with the use of standardized forms. Offenders' readiness for change and level of social and psychological functioning were measured at intake, 90 days, and termination. In addition to quantitative data for measuring program process, the Correctional Program Assessment Inventory and the TC Monitoring tool were used as a measure of program integrity. The evaluation found that program participants had many risk factors, including a lack of education and employment, significant criminal histories, and serious substance abuse problems. The TC Monitoring tool indicated that most of the primary elements of the therapeutic community model had been implemented. All residents received substance abuse education and relapse prevention services throughout their stay. Of the 31 cases for which follow-up information on post-release performance was available, only 18 (58.1 percent) participated in follow-up drug/alcohol treatment. Participation in other types of services was also minimal. Of these 31 cases, 6 of the offenders either reported or were detected using alcohol, and 11 either reported or were detected using drugs. Of these 31 cases, 7 were arrested for a new offense. 9 tables, 21 figures, appended evaluation tools, and 26 references

Date Published: May 1, 2001