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NCJ Number: 220444 Find in a Library
Title: Measuring Offender Progress in Treatment Using the Client Assessment Inventory
Journal: Criminal Justice and Behavior  Volume:34  Issue:9  Dated:September 2007  Pages:1131-1142
Author(s): JoAnn Y. Sacks; Karen McKendrick; David Kressel
Date Published: September 2007
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD 20892
Grant Number: U01 DA16200
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article expands the field of knowledge on the Client Assessment Inventory (CAI) instrument by exploring data collected for a criminal justice population.
Abstract: The study data supported the use of the CAI as a consistent, reliable, and easily administered instrument for measuring client performance and treatment progress in both therapeutic community (TC) and non-TC correctional treatment settings. The study addressed the use of different subpopulations of offenders such as race, ethnicity, and gender across a variety of correctional treatment settings. The accurate and reliable assessment of client psychological and cognitive change during correctional substance abuse treatment has gained increasing importance during the past decade as criminal justice systems seek to evaluate and understand those treatment elements associated with long term change. The CAI is a self-report survey that measures client performance in treatment across 14 cognitive and behavioral domains or scales. The data gathered on 1,170 offenders were analyzed for reliability and internal consistency of the CAI as adapted for use in criminal justice settings. When administered to multiple programs within an agency or across a system of care, the CAI provides an opportunity for agency-wide or systemic quality assurance approaches focused on program-level strengths and areas for improvement or enhancement. At the client level, the CAI also serves as a clinical intervention tool for increasing client awareness of personal progress designed to increase retention in treatment and improve outcomes. Future research efforts are planned to evaluate the predictive validity of the CAI, and to address the impact of discrete treatment elements on specific offender behaviors during treatment. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Corrections agencies; Corrections effectiveness; Drug treatment programs; Performance Measures
Index Term(s): Drug treatment; Offender participation programs; Substance abuse agencies; Treatment; Treatment effectiveness; Treatment offender matching
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