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Evaluation of Job Training Service Enhancement for Latina Women in Treatment for Addiction

Authors:
Hortensia D. Amaro, Ph.D., Northeastern University
Allison C. Morrill, J.D., Ph.D., Northeastern University
Jianyu Dai, M.M., M.P.H., Northeastern University
Andrea Acevedo, S. M., Northeastern University
Sandra Arevalo, B.S., Northeastern University

Name & Mailing Address of Corresponding Authors:
Allison C. Morrill
Institute on Urban Health Research
Stearns Center, Suite 503
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Ave., Stearns 503
Boston, MA 02115

Telephone & Email:
617.373.7615
a.morrill@neu.edu

Funding Source:
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Body of Abstract:

Purpose:
Many women recovering from addiction to drugs or alcohol have limited preparation for employment; thus, when they leave a residential treatment setting, lack of employment can impede their continuing recovery. This poster reports preliminary results of an evaluation of enhanced job preparation services at Entre Familia, a residential substance abuse program for Latinas with young children. The new Step Up program provides vocational assessment, education, job training and placement, and peer support to prepare clients for employment. Outcomes include: employment, involvement in educational/job training activities, income, alcohol and drug use, and involvement with the criminal justice system.

Methods:
The study uses a pre-post design with repeated measures to evaluate change over time via structured in-person interviews at admission and at 6 and 12 months post admission. The sample will include 100 Latina women in treatment and outcomes will be compared to Latina women who participated in the program before the enhanced intervention was implemented.

Results:
Preliminary analysis based on 15 participants who have completed the 12-month follow-up interviews indicate statistically significant changes between the baseline and 12-month follow-up. Interviews show: a) increase in total income from baseline to 12-month follow-up (p=0.003) and b) decrease in number of days spent in jail from baseline to the 6-month (p <.002) and 12-month (p<.04) follow-ups. Changes in alcohol and drug use and employment status were not detected due to the small sample size.

Conclusions:
None to date; the study is ongoing.


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