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Project Team


Principal Investigator:
Richard A. Rawson

Project Director:
Anne Bellows (abellows@mednet.ucla.edu)


Funding Period


July 2007 to December 2007

Evaluation of California Access to Recovery Effort (CARE)

California, through its Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP), is one of 14 states to receive funding from the federal $100 million Access to Recovery pro­gram (ATR), which allowed people in need of substance abuse treatment to make individual choices—reflecting their personal values—in their path to recovery (see http://atr.samhsa.gov/).

ATR provided vouchers to clients for purchase of substance abuse clinical treatment and re­covery support services. The goals of the pro­gram were to expand capacity, support client choice, and increase the array of faith-based and community-based providers for clinical treatment and recovery support services.

The California Access to Recovery Effort (CARE) was the state’s ATR project that focused on youth 12 to 20 years of age residing in Sacramento and Los Angeles counties (N = 8,700). The market­ing plan of CARE was unique in that not only were clients the targets but so were potential service provid­ers, including faith-based providers who, prior to the Access to Recovery Effort, were not eligible for these funds.

The goals of the CARE evaluation were to evaluate and report on the:

  • Implementation, operation, and marketing of CARE
  • Characteristics of CARE participants and treat­ment outcomes, using existing data sets collected through the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA).

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