The Treatment Effectiveness of Outpatient Substance Misuse Treatment Organizations between Court-Mandated and Voluntary Clients Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Do outpatient substance misuse treatment organizations have different outcomes for court-mandated and voluntary clients depending on the mix of those clients? Do client characteristics, organizational factors, and treatment practices predict organizational treatment outcome rates? A nationally representative sample of 330 nonmethadone outpatient substance misuse treatment organizations was surveyed in 1990. Sixty-four of the organizations had 75% or more court-mandated clients; 122 of the organizations had 25% or less court-mandated clients. Organizations with 75% or greater court-mandated clients had a greater rate of clients failing to comply with their treatment plan than organizations with 25% or less court-mandated clients, but there were no differences in clients meeting the goals of their treatment. Client characteristics, organizational factors, and treatment practices are evaluated through multivariate regression to determine their impact on organizational rates of treatment success and failure among clients.

author list (cited authors)

  • Howard, D. L., & McCaughrin, W. C.

citation count

  • 37

publication date

  • January 1996