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Cross-Site Report: JDC/RF Programmatic Processes – September 2015: Five Site Report

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University of Arizona - Southwest Institute for Research on Women and Carnevale Associates, LLC
As part of the evaluation of the five juvenile drug court (JDC) sites awarded grants under the Strategies in Practice and Reclaiming Futures (JDC/RF) program, this report focuses on site-specific process data on JDC/RF enrollment and treatment initiation.
The specific operations examined in the evaluation of each site were the number of steps and the number of days between youth referral to the JDC/RF program and youth enrollment in the program and the number of steps and days between youth referral to the program and treatment initiation. The sites ranged from having only one step between youth referral and program enrollment to having five steps, with an average of three steps for the five sites. The average number of days between youth referral and enrollment ranged from 5 to 30 days. Across sites, youth waited an average of 17 days from referral to JDC/RF enrollment; however, based on ranges identified within each site, youth could be enrolled as quickly as 1 day or as long as 42 days. For the number of steps and average number of days to treatment initiation, data are included for only four of the five sites. This was because one site had a dedicated substance abuse assessment and referral system that allowed youth to initiate treatment independently of JDC/RF. Based on ranges identified within each site, youth could begin treatment as soon as 5 days or as long as 42 days after referral. Data were identified and analyzed by reviewing and comparing site program documents with corresponding process data collected during site visits. Data were clarified and confirmed with site representatives. 1 table and 4 figures
Date Created: February 18, 2016