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A Performance Audit of the Institutional Substance Abuse Treatment Program Administered by the Department of Corrections , Report No. 94-12, November 1994

  • The Department of Corrections has not developed a process to reasonably estimate the number of inmates who will receive substance abuse treatment each year, nor the specific types of treatment needed by inmates.
  • Approximately three-fourths of the inmates participating in the Institutional Substance Abuse Treatment Program during calendar year 1993 either did not participate in a treatment component or dropped out before they completed treatment. As a result, most inmates served in the Program may not have received the level of services needed to facilitate their rehabilitation.
  • We identified three deficiencies with the Department's efforts to establish a system for evaluating the Institutional Substance Abuse Treatment Program. First, the Department has not developed performance measures or criteria by which the Program should be measured. Second, the Department has not systematically and periodically collected any outcome data to identify the effect or impact the Program has had on inmates receiving treatment. Third, the Department has not developed procedures to verify the accuracy and completeness of data that are collected.

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