Service delivery and use of evidence-based treatment practices in adolescent substance abuse treatment settings

The Foundation's Substance Abuse Policy Research Program was designed to provide support for investigators to conduct policy research on a variety of subjects directed at helping the country reduce the harm caused by substance abuse.Although substance abuse treatment programs have been developed to serve the unique needs of adolescents, there is little nationally representative data on the services delivered within the adolescent treatment system. It is unknown the extent to which these programs provide evidence-based, high-quality treatment programming or if the availability of such programming varies by state-level policies and organizational characteristics. This study will collect quantitative, cross-sectional data by conducting telephone interviews with adolescent treatment program managers at approximately 361 community-based substance abuse treatment centers in the U.S. The study will describe the structure of adolescent substance abuse treatment in publicly and privately funded specialty substance abuse treatment facilities, as well as measure the adoption and implementation of evidence-based and high-quality treatment practices. Analyses will be used to estimate the associations between state-level policies, state funding, services offered, and adoption of innovations, as well as examine the organizational factors associated with patterns of service delivery and innovation adoption. The collection of such data is critical for policy making, since policy makers must know the current "state of the field" if they want to design policies that can improve quality and access to adolescent treatment.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $280,758.00

Awarded on: 5/9/2005

Time frame: 6/1/2005 - 5/31/2008

Grant Number: 53130


University of Georgia Institute for Behavioral Research

414 Boyd Graduate Studies Research Center
Athens, 30602-7419


Lori J. Ducharme
Project Director