ADATSA—Chemical Dependency Treatment and Vocational Services aimed to treat and rehabilitate Washington state residents with substance abuse disorders by improving their vocational and behavioral skills and outcomes. This evaluation compared ADATSA—Chemical Dependency Treatment and Vocational Services to a separate intervention, ADATSA—Chemical Dependency Treatment Only, in order to better understand which of the two interventions might be more effective. The distinctive features of ADATSA—Chemical Dependency Treatment and Vocational Services are vocational services and access to training programs.

ADATSA—Chemical Dependency Treatment and Vocational Services aimed to treat and rehabilitate Washington state residents with substance abuse disorders by improving their vocational and behavioral skills and outcomes. This evaluation compared ADATSA—Chemical Dependency Treatment and Vocational Services to a separate intervention, ADATSA—Chemical Dependency Treatment Only, in order to better understand which of the two interventions might be more effective. The distinctive features of ADATSA—Chemical Dependency Treatment and Vocational Services are vocational services and access to training programs.

Participants received chemical dependency treatment that included assistance reintegrating into the community, follow-up care and services, and financial support. Participants also received vocational rehabilitation services, such as aptitude testing, vocational counseling, job search assistance, and the opportunity to participate in one of three training programs established by ADATSA. Chemical dependency treatment and financial support were provided for a maximum of six months in any two-year period, whereas vocational services were provided for six weeks to three months within the period of chemical dependency treatment. Participants were adult Washington state residents with low incomes who faced challenges in the labor market and were incapacitated because of their substance use disorders. Chemical dependency treatment and financial support were provided throughout Washington state. Three pilot programs provided vocational rehabilitation services: Rapid Rehabilitation Resolution in Spokane, WA; the ADATSA Cooperative Employment Program in Seattle, WA; and the Vocational Opportunity Training/Education Program in Tacoma, WA.

Comparing the effectiveness of ADATSA—Chemical Dependency Treatment and Vocational Services to the effectiveness of ADATSA—Chemical Dependency Treatment Only indicates the effect of being referred to a set of services that includes those unique to ADATSA—Chemical Dependency Treatment and Vocational Services. The comparison indicates how much better the offer of ADATSA—Chemical Dependency Treatment and Vocational Services meets participants’ needs than the offer of ADATSA—Chemical Dependency Treatment Only. Participants in ADATSA—Chemical Dependency Treatment Only completed the chemical dependency treatment provided by ADATSA but did not receive any of the vocational services provided to participants in ADATSA—Chemical Dependency Treatment and Vocational Services.

Year evaluation began: 1989
Populations and employment barriers: Substance use disorder
Intervention services: Soft skills training, Training, Occupational or sectoral training, Job search assistance
Setting(s): Tested in multiple settings
Hollow data points indicate average effects that may be due to chance.

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