Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services
Case Study Analysis of Two
Substance Abuse Treatment Programs Substance abuse treatment programs
in New York State are generally operated by not-for-profit organizations under contract with
the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). According to research in
the field of substance abuse treatment, treatment programs are more likely to be successful
when clients complete at least three months of a program, and are much more likely to be
successful when clients complete the entire program, which can last more than a year. Our
prior report (93-S-7) found that client retention and completion rates vary considerably in the
treatment programs overseen by OASAS. However, the research in the field has yet to
determine why these rates vary. We compared two similar treatment programs with different
retention and completion rates. We found that the program with the higher retention and
completion rates used different procedures to admit clients, provided clients with more
vocational and educational services, supervised its counselors to a greater extent, and was less
demanding in regulating the lives of the clients while they were in the program. While these
differences might, in part, account for the differences in retention and completion rates,
further study is needed before such a determination can be made. We urge OASAS to
conduct such studies.
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