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  NCJ Number: NCJ 183013   Add to Shopping cart   Find in a Library
  Title: Process Evaluation of the Forever Free Substance Abuse Treatment Program
  Document URL: PDF 
  Author(s): Michael Prendergast Ph.D. ; Jean Wellisch Ph.D. ; Dana M. Baldwin Ph.D. ; Elizabeth Hall Ph.D.
  Date Published: 04/2000
  Page Count: 244
  Annotation: This is a process evaluation of the Forever Free Substance Abuse Treatment Program.
  Abstract: Objectives of the process evaluation study were to: (1) document the history and current status of the program, especially linkages with community programs that provide continuity of care following release to parole; (2) select a treatment and a comparison group and collect background data and locator information on the subjects; (3) determine the psychosocial status of the treatment group; (4) determine the relationship that mothers in the treatment group have with their children; (5) disseminate findings of the project to policy makers, researchers and practitioners in criminal justice and drug treatment; and (6) establish the foundation for an outcome evaluation of the program. The study used the intake form completed by participants 1 month after program entry, the pre-release form completed by participants just prior to their release, the comparison group form and the locator form completed by all subjects in the study. Of the 119 women in the treatment group, only 4 did not graduate from the program; all 4 were removed for disciplinary reasons. Forty-seven (40.9 percent) of program graduates went on to residential treatment in the community. There were significant improvements in the participants' psychological functioning by the end of treatment. Only 36 percent of women with children said that participation in Forever Free would or might affect the custody of a child. The study recommends that future programs for substance-abusing women inmates should include services to address mother-child relationships, parenting skills and opportunities for improving bonding between mother and child. Notes, tables, references, appendixes
  Main Term(s): Criminology
  Index Term(s): Drug abuse ; Female offenders ; Recidivism ; Drug treatment programs ; Parole ; Children of incarcerated offenders ; Post-release programs ; Offender supervision ; NIJ grant-related documents
  Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Grant Number: 97-RT-VX-K003
  Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
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  Type: Program/Project Description
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
  Note: See NCJ-199685 for the revised program study.
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