Evaluation program and review the evaluation plans.

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Evaluation program, review the evaluation plans and feedback for each stage of each plan.

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Evaluation Plan Introduction The opioid epidemic is an issue that has garnered national attention and has individuals from all walks of life from politicians, law enforcement personnel, and health experts discussing what needs to be done to combat this epidemic. The conversations about opioid addiction have branched out beyond the effect on the individual who abuses it but on society as whole including but not limited to the effect on children and families, neighborhoods and schools as well as the health field and the legal system. It is the legal system that in the past that has interacted with individuals who were charged with crimes but were also substance abuse users only legal manner of incarceration and ignored the benefits of the medical side of treating the individuals for the substance addiction could have on reducing recidivism. Prisons were seeing a rise in overcrowding as several individuals incarcerated were there for non-violent drug offenses as several crimes committed are committed by those who abuse substances whether they are high on the substance as they commit the crime, or they are committing the crime to fuel their substance abuse habit. This lead to the federal government, state governments, and local municipalities to act by coming up with different methods to assist nonviolent individuals who have engaged in criminal activities an opportunity to help with the substance abuse and potentially avoid or lessen any potential jail time, this is what brings us to the Circuit Court for Baltimore City Addictions Assessment Unity Pretrial Release Service Program. The Addictions Assessment Unit is a publicly funded program of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City which is located inside the Mitchell Courthouse. This unit local operations are managed by the Pretrial Release Program with the goal of the program to provide the Court in a timely manner a substance abuse assessment of pre-adjudicated individuals who are awaiting trial as well as to provide the Court with treatment recommendations for those individuals. Once the individual has been assessed by a licensed clinical social worker to determine if there is a need for substance abuse treatment or not as well as the severity of the individual’s alcohol and or drug use a report is filed with the Court and with the judge who is presiding over the case. Individuals are then referred to various substance abuse treatment centers to receive help overcoming their addiction. It is the individual’s choice whether they comply with the referral as the program’s case managers monitor and follow up on the individual’s compliance with treatment. Those case managers then file a report with the director of the program and once that report has been approved the report is filed with the judge and the Court who summons the individual to the courthouse where the judge can decide to postpone a verdict on their case if they are complying with the treatment referral or render a verdict if the individual has not been complying with the treatment referral. If the individual has been referred for substance abuse treatment and the individual has followed through with the treatment which has been documented by the program case manager and has appeared before the judge when summoned to follow up on the process of treatment when the individual has successfully completed treatment and appears before the judge depending on the nature and severity of the offense the judge can drop the charges and release the individual or sentence them to a lesser penalty then what they were originally facing. Evaluation Questions During my evaluation that the state of Maryland Health Department employed me to conduct there will be a series of questions that my evaluation will be looking to answer regarding the operation efficiency, conduct, and performance of the Addictions Assessment Unit. It is my belief that by asking these specific questions and investigating the answers this will allow me to present the most accurate assessment of this program to the stakeholders. I present these questions to demonstrate transparency, that the questions I am looking to answer are fair and free from bias looking at the Addiction Assessment Unit as a program that serves the citizens of the city and the stakeholders have inquired about its operation, productivity, and efficiency. In the 12-month span that I will be evaluating this program I will be looking to answer the following questions: How many individuals interact with the Addiction Assessment Unit within a 12-month time span? Data shows us that the City of Baltimore has its significant share of crime happening in the city and such the legal system from police, courts, and department of corrections find themselves extremely busy. Data also shows that the City of Baltimore also have an issue with substance abuse and it has been established the relationship between substance abuse and interaction with the legal system. The Addiction Assessment Unit sits are the intersection between substance abuse and interaction with the legal system so by investigating the number of people this program interacts with can answer the question of volume when it comes to program operation. Staying the in the realm of volume this evaluation will also ask the question of how many referrals for substance abuse treatment is made by this program. This program operates as an opportunity for individuals with substance abuse and legal issues an opportunity for access and receiving of outpatient substance abuse treatment. The answer to this question will allow the stakeholders to observe the results of the number of individuals who are assessed compared to the numbers who are referred for treatment to further assess the need for this program. Further this question will also examine the ratio of compliance with referrals compared with the percentage of follow ups done by the program’s case managers and from this data stakeholders will be able to observe the outcomes of the assessments and referrals and results of this program. Finally, this evaluation will investigate the cost savings for the state and for the city when it come to the cost of treatment versus the cost of incarceration. In times of economic uncertainty and federal, state, and local governments asked to do more with less the investigation of this question would allow stakeholders to have accurate data when doing cost benefit analysis when determining the values and funding for programs. Program Theory Over the next twelve months we will conducting our evaluations of the Addiction Assessment Unit as it is my belief that the duration of the evaluation will allow me to accurately assess the program where I can gather information on the clients that the program serves while also assessing the progress and outcomes from the clients who matriculate through the program. The length of the duration will also allow the stakeholders to observe an accurate assessment of the type of impact the Addiction Assessment Unit. The scope of the evaluation will consist of staying within the geographic area of Baltimore city as the Addiction Assessment Unit works within the circuit court of Baltimore and the court’s jurisdiction is Baltimore as individuals who are charged with crimes that occur in the boundaries of Baltimore city appear in the circuit court where judgement is rendered. While the court has jurisdiction over rendering judgement over crimes committed in the city the individuals who are summoned to court to receive judgement for their crimes and utilize the Addiction Assessment Unit are not all city residents as they may come from the surrounding counties what determines is where they committed their crimes and not their residence. The outpatient substance abuse treatment facilities that the clients are referred are located within the city as well as surrounding areas and the decisions on which substance abuse center the individuals are referred are based on various factors, the type of substance they are abusing, the area where the individual lives and the proximity of the closest rehab facility and the facility availability to accept new patients. To properly evaluate the effects of the outpatient rehab facilities I would need access to the facilities the individuals are referred to track their progress in the rehab facilities. The goal of the Addiction Assessment Unit is provided the circuit and district courts in Baltimore city with quality services on all those clients referred to addiction assessments and to accomplish this goal the Addiction Assessment Unit uses various inputs and outputs that are designed to assist the clients. These inputs include the unit establishing professional relationships with various substance abuse treatment facilities to build professional connections so the Addiction Assessment Unit has knowledge of the services that each of the substance abuse treatment centers provide, the program also establishes professional relationships with other human health services agencies like Baltimore City Department of Social Services and Healthcare Access Maryland who have staff who can assist the clients of the Addiction Assessment Unit who don’t have private health insurance apply for and obtain health insurance typically medical assistance also known as Maryland Medicaid that will be used to cover the cost of the substance abuse treatment centers. Through these investments that the Addiction Assessment makes when the clients are referred to the various services like rehab centers and participate in rehab which is an output the expected outcome is that client will complete their treatment and will be clean and sober. While the program employs these different tactics with partnerships and resources the clients of the Addiction Assessment Unit hold just as much responsibility in the success of the program as well personal success of their own lives. It is the clients who make the decision to act upon the referrals to services the program makes for them, the client who decides whether to invest their time and energy in the activities and resources (outputs) that will determine if they achieve the desired outcome. Logic Model Individuals charged with non-violent offenses with substance abuse issues Client chooses to comply with referral and the program’s case managers follow up with client and treatment center Court refers individual to Addiction Assessment Unit before judgement is rendered The client makes a choice to comply with the referral for treatment and other services if necessary Client is assessed by a LCSW and referrals are made for treatment and other resources (health insurance) Assessment is sent to the Program Director and once approved is sent and filed with the court Client refuses to comply with referral for treatment they are summoned back to court and judge doles out judgement for charged crime Follow up reports for the program’s case manager and progress reports from the treatment center are filed with the court Client is clean and sober and hopefully move forward with their life sober and crime free Once the client successfully completed treatment they are summoned back to court Judge may decide to drop charges or render a lesser sentence Judge reviews the client’s case and treatment notes and case manager’s notes and renders judgement ...
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