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Project Team


Principal Investigator:
Desirée A. Crèvecoeur-MacPhail, Ph.D.
(desireec@ucla.edu)

Co-Principal Investigator:
Richard A. Rawson, Ph.D.

Co-Investigator:
M. Douglas Anglin, Ph.D.

Project Director:
Sarah Cousins, M.P.H.


Funding Period


March 2004 to June 2016

Los Angeles County Evaluation System (LACES): An Outcomes Reporting Program

The Los Angeles County Evaluation System (LACES) is designed to assess the overall effectiveness of the county’s alcohol and drug treatment/recovery system and measure the effectiveness of specific service modalities and service components. To accomplish this, LACES augmented the intake and discharge questions used by the county’s alcohol and drug treatment/recovery system. The information from the revised admission and discharge questions provide information that is used to evaluate the treatment system at the county level.  In addition, LACES works with the County of Los Angeles to examine its drug court, Women’s Re-entry, Driving Under the Influence (DUI), and medication-assisted treatment programs (MATs).  The information gained from these programs, as well as the continued review of annual admission and discharge data, provides client outcome and program performance information that can be used to improve the overall substance use disorder treatment system. In addition, LACES has implemented several pilot projects in order to improve treatment engagement and retention and to assess for the “optimal” level of care.  Future tasks for LACES include assisting the county in preparation for the Medi-Cal Waiver and continuing to work to improve treatment through training and data-based reporting.

Los Angeles County Evaluation System (LACES): An Outcomes Reporting Program was funded by the Los Angeles County Alcohol and Drug Program Administration, contract PH00173 (March 2004 through June 2015).

For more information, visit www.laces-ucla.org.

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Project Team


Principal Investigator:
Desirée A. Crèvecoeur-MacPhail, Ph.D.
(desireec@ucla.edu)

Co-Principal Investigator:
Richard A. Rawson, Ph.D.

Project Director:
Sarah Cousins, M.P.H.


Funding Period


July 2014 to June 2016

Drug/Medi-Cal (DMC)

To assist the county in preparing for the Medi-Cal Waiver (which includes Drug Medi-Cal), the Los Angeles County Evaluation System (LACES) is to provide the county with an estimation of the number of clients who will utilize the substance use disorder treatment system by treatment modality (e.g., residential, outpatient, narcotic replacement treatment).  This client utilization estimation will be based on the estimate from the Los Angeles County Department of Substance Abuse Prevention and Control (SAPC) that an additional 360,000 individuals will be eligible for Medi-Cal in Los Angeles County.  In addition, UCLA will provide an estimate of the number of additional counselors that will be needed, based on the increased client flow.  Finally, UCLA will also provide an estimate of the cost (salary) of the additional counselors and other staff persons that may be required for this new system.  LACES will also help with development and implementation of a Quality Assurance/ Utilization Management (QA/UM) plan.  LACES will assist the county by gathering additional related information around areas such as performance measurement, outcomes, optimal quality assurance processes and utilization of resources, patient centered treatment, and health care integration as requested.  Finally, LACES will conduct an item-by-item analysis of the current admission and discharge questions to determine which items should remain, which should be edited, and which can be deleted based on changes to the treatment system and to reduce redundancy.

Drug/Medi-Cal (DMC) was funded by Los Angeles County, contract PH-001733, from July 2014 to June 2015.

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Project Team


Principal Investigator:
Desirée A. Crèvecoeur-MacPhail, Ph.D.
(desireec@ucla.edu)

Co-Principal Investigator:
Nena Messina, Ph.D.

Project Director:
Kira Jeter, M.P.H.


Funding Period


July 2011 to June 2015

First 5 LA

The Access to Substance Abuse Service for High Risk Parents (SA Access) program provides screening, brief intervention, and referral to substance abuse treatment (SBIRT) to pregnant women and caregivers who have an open Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) case for a child aged up to 5 years old. Expected outcomes include: (1) increased access and utilization of substance use disorder (SUD) treatment services among parents/caregivers with open DCFS cases; (2) greater than 30-day retention in SUD treatment; (3) decreased substance use among caregivers with children; and (4) increased family well-being. Child social workers refer parents with newly opened DCFS and suspected SUD cases to a substance abuse navigator (co-located in DCFS offices) who then screens the parent/caregiver using the Alcohol, Smoking, and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST) and motivational interviewing methods. Parents who screen as high risk are connected to a treatment provider for further assessment.  If the caregiver is moderately at-risk, the navigator will provide a brief intervention. Additionally, the navigator can provide a referral should the caregiver want additional screening and treatment. Low-risk clients are provided education on substance use risk and prevention.

First 5 LA was funded by Los Angeles County, contract PH-001733, from July 2011 to June 2015.

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