ERIC Number: ED212953
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Employment Related Services in Drug Treatment Programs. Treatment Research Report.
Hubbard, Robert L.; Harwood, Henrick J.
Although research has shown a clear relationship between employment and rehabilitation of drug abusers, efforts to develop comprehensive vocational services in drug treatment programs have been limited. To examine the nature and extent of vocational- and employment-related services in NIDA-funded drug treatment programs, 164 clinics responded to an open-ended questionnaire designed to ascertain the degree to which five employment-related services were provided to clients: vocational assessment, skill training, job counseling, job placement, and job development. The relationship of the availability of vocational services to the employment rates of clients was also examined. The results revealed that about one-third of the clinics did not report that employment counseling was available for clients. In over half the clinics, no budget was identified for vocational services. Less than 20% of the clinics had vocational rehabilitation specialists, job counselors, or job developers as staff members. Staff from community employment-related agencies were seldom used by the clinics. The existence of job counseling, job placement, and job development services in clinics was positively correlated with the difference between admission and discharge employment rates of clients. The findings suggest a general lack of well-defined vocational services in drug treatment programs, although many clinics attempt to develop services or provide some type of vocational assistance to clients. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Drug Abuse (DHHS), Rockville, MD. Div. of Research.
Authoring Institution: Research Triangle Inst., Durham, NC.