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Program Use of Effective Drug Abuse Treatment Practices for Juvenile Offenders
Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 32: 279-290

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Researcher(s): (Douglas Young) (Craig E Henderson) (Nancy Jainchill) (Josephine Hawke) (Sarah Farkas) (R Meghan Davis)


This study examined the extent to which organizational context predicted use of evidence-based substance abuse treatment practices with juvenile offenders. Participants were either directors of substance abuse treatment programs located in residential facilities (institutional sample) or directors of community-based treatment agencies providing services to adolescents in their home communities (community sample). The two settings differed significantly in the number and types of EBPs they were using. Community programs were more likely to have staff qualified to deliver substance abuse treatment, involve families in treatment, and assess their treatment outcomes. In contrast, institutional programs were more likely to provide comprehensive services. Resources dedicated to training, internal support for new programming, and network connectedness with non-criminal justice facilities were associated with greater use of EBPs. These findings highlight the importance of establishing corrections-community partnerships designed to promote continuity of care for juvenile offenders.

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