About the Study 

The Kentucky Kids Recovery Programs includes 19 specially funded substance abuse treatment programs for adolescents. The outcome evaluation project is commissioned by the Kentucky’s Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental, and Intellectual Disabilities through a contract with the University of Kentucky Center on Drug and Alcohol Research Behavioral Health Outcome Studies (UK CDAR BHOS). Client-level data collected in this project allows for (1) the counting of the number of adolescent clients served with these specific funds; (2) describing characteristics and functioning of clients served; and (3) for clients who receive treatment services, examination of pre-treatment to post-treatment change in substance use and other key targeted outcomes. 

The core of this evaluation is the client-level data that is collected by programs using the Client Information System (CIS) and the follow-up interviews that are conducted by UK CDAR with adolescent clients in treatment who agree to be contacted for the follow-up interview. Follow-up interviews are conducted by the UK CDAR BHOS research team and are independent of the treatment agency in order to confidentially examine client progress in treatment.