By Clark Carr
Hello again. My name is Clark Carr. I am the president of Narconon International.
Continuing with our series on outcome reports from our recent 40-year compilation of studies, I would like to present today the 2006 and 2007 Summary Analyses of Narconon Arrowhead Routine Outcome Monitoring.
Prepared by FASE, the Foundation for Advancements of Science and Education, the two reports summarize 6 month outcomes post-graduation. In brief:
May 2006: Narconon Arrowhead staff contacted 80% of the 65 students who graduated 7 to 8 months before the survey date. Of these, for the last 30 days, 67.3% were reported completely drug-free including no alcohol use. An additional 15.4% had used no drug except social alcohol (that is, not drinking to intoxication.)
51.9% reported drug and alcohol free since graduating.
76.9% were gainfully employed or enrolled in school full time.
96.2% were arrest-free.
Feb 2007: Arrowhead staff contacted 95% of the 37 graduates six months prior to the report period.
For the last 30 days 76.5% reported completely drug-free. 8.8% had used no drug other than social alcohol.
76.5% reported drug and alcohol free since graduating.
86% of the graduates were gainfully employed and/or enrolled full time in school.
97.1% were arrest-free.
What IS this Routine Outcome Monitoring procedure?
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 Act of 1993 and the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010. (http://www.doleta.gov/performance/goals/gpra.cfm)
And the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment has detailed a number of 'core client outcome measures' including specifically: Substance use, criminal activity, mental and physical health, family and living conditions, education/ employment status and social connectedness. (www.samhsa.gov/grants/CSAT-GPRA/index.aspx)
Follow-up monitoring is rarely implemented in treatment settings because follow-up surveys are very long and require substantial staff resources. But research scientists helped Narconon Arrowhead develop a concise outcome monitoring form, based on a CSAT / GPRA survey.
The Narconon Routine Outcome Monitoring survey questionnaire contains 18 common outcome measures, all recommended by CSAT and SAMHSA.
Data is collected either directly from the student or a close relative. Study results have previously determined that both sources give valid and consistent answers.
Narconon International interviewed Gary Smith, Narconon Arrowhead Executive Director, about the ROM survey procedure. "The outcome monitoring system," Smith said, "is a good deal more than just tracking outcomes. It also includes creating a specific discharge plan and a strong after-care program. Our staff are in regular contact with individuals, finding out how they each are progressing in implementing their discharge plans."
"Routine Outcome Monitoring puts your entire organization's 'eye on the ball'," Smith added, "ensuring that students' needs are getting met. We have seen that it makes a difference."
An Arrowhead staff member who makes some of these Routine Outcome Monitoring calls, expanded on their usefulness: "Parents love it," she said. "We find that the graduates are using what they learned, applying it to their lives. If they do start to fall back, with these follow-up calls they come out of it quicker and return to battery."
"The ROM follow-up calls are the best thing to boost outcomes," she concluded.
The purpose of Routine Outcome Monitoring is to save more lives and help produce improved recovery results. That's the simplicity of it.
We look forward to sharing data about Routine Outcome Monitoring with other drug rehab centers that may be interested.
They may contact me, Clark Carr, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your attention.