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Project Team

Principal Investigator:
Richard A. Rawson

Project Director:
Rachel Gonzales

Funding Period

June 2007 to December 2008

Project Publications

Gonzales, R., Brecht, M.-L., Mooney, L., & Rawson, R.A. (2011). Prescription and over-the-counter drug treatment admissions to the California public treatment system. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 40(3), 224-229. PMID: 21193282

Herbeck, D.M., Gonzales, R., & Rawson, R.A. (2010). Performance improvement in addiction treatment: Efforts in California. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, SARC Supplement 6, 261-268. PMID: 21138202

Rawson, R.A., Gonzales, R., Crèvecoeur-MacPhail, D., Urada, D., Brecht, M.-L., Chalk, M., Kemp, J., & Cunningham, M. (2010). Improving the accountability of California’s public substance abuse treatment system through the implementation of performance models. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, SARC Supplement 6, 211-214.

Urada, D., & Gonzales, R. (2008). Performance monitoring & outcome measurement in drug treatment systems. In: Evaluation of the Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act 2008 Report (pp. 231-264). Los Angeles: UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs. Retrieved from: http://www.uclaisap.org/prop36/

California Outcomes Measurement Systems (CalOMS)

The California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP) implemented a statewide data collection and management system called the California Outcome Measurement System (CalOMS) to contribute to the improve­ment of treatment services for substance abuse.

CalOMS was the first statewide data collection and management system to comprehensively measure program outcomes using performance and outcome measures based on the federally re­quired reporting of National Outcome Measures (NOMs), developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

In collaboration with ADP, UCLA ISAP conducted the evaluation study of CalOMS. The objec­tives of the evaluation study were to:

  • Use CALOMS data to improve knowledge of alcohol and other drug treatment (AOD) ser­vices in California
  • Enhance the capability of county administra­tors to use CalOMS data to improve treatment services
  • Evaluate the quality and validity of CalOMS data
  • Develop recommendations for improvement of the CalOMS system.
Addressing these objectives helped ADP to im­prove the quality and performance of AOD treat­ment services in California and to maximize the usability of CalOMS data to enhance treatment policies and practices in California.

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