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CASA* Evaluation of Welfare Demonstration Program in New Jersey Finds Effective Approach to Addiction Recovery and Employment
Date:1/29/2009

Corresponding American Journal of Public Health Article Reveals Intensive Case Management Helps Substance-Abusing Women on Welfare Achieve Goals of Welfare Reform

NEW YORK, Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new approach to helping drug-addicted women on welfare that treats substance abuse and addiction as a chronic disease promises better outcomes of sobriety and employment than current approaches that focus on employment first, according to CASASARD(SM): Intensive Case Management for Substance-Dependent Women Receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, a new White Paper by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University.

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CASASARD(SM)(1), an ongoing welfare demonstration program for drug-addicted mothers conducted in Essex (including Newark) and Atlantic (including Atlantic City) Counties, New Jersey, was designed to get women engaged in treatment and employment services, help them become sober, and successfully move to stable employment. CASASARD(SM) uses an innovative intensive case management approach to providing services for these women and compares it to the standard care approach that focus on employment first, screening and referral. Three hundred two participants were randomly assigned to each model (161 to intensive case management and 141 to standard care).

The demonstration and its results are also documented in a corresponding article, "Improving 24-Month Abstinence and Employment Outcomes for Substance-Dependent Women Receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families With Intensive Case Management", published in the February 2009 issue of the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH). The article finds that while women in the CASASARD(SM) demonst
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