(PRWEB) June 12, 2013
It has long been Narconon drug rehabilitation center policy that its staff maintain regular follow-up contact with graduates who return to their communities in order to assist them in applying the life skills learned during Narconon study. Such follow-up monitoring is rarely implemented in drug treatment settings, however, because of several reasons, one of which might be that follow-up instruments are very long and require substantial staff resources.
But for six years and more now, Narconon Arrowhead and some other Narconon rehab centers have gone beyond a general “follow-up” to implement a standardized procedure with program graduates. It is called Routine Outcome Monitoring. What is it and where did it come from?
SAMHSA and CSAT have been advocating for rehab graduate follow-up.
For two decades the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has advocated monitoring graduates as an important component of treatment quality management and results-oriented performance. It is mentioned in both the Government Performance Results (GPRA) Act of 1993 and the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010.
The Center for Substance Abuse Treatment has detailed a number of ‘core client outcome measures’ and even recommended a specific instrument or data collection tool: “...Outcome measures include substance use, criminal activity, mental and physical health, family and living conditions, education/employment status and social connectedness.”
The survey instrument that Narconon uses and its standardized ‘routine outcome monitoring’ procedure (ROM) were developed by outside research scientists based on the recommended CSAT / GPRA survey form. Its use was briefly studied in a pilot program at Narconon Arrowhead’s facilities and then presented at the March 2006 Joint Meeting on Adolescent Treatment Effectiveness Conference (JMATE).
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