The Culturally Competent Substance Abuse Treatment Project began in November, 2007 and ended June, 2017. Funded by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), the project aimed to address barriers to treatment for members of minority groups and to implement culturally competent treatment services. The evaluation involved assessing outcomes for minority clients receiving these services by collecting outcomes data via SMART, analyzing substance use and demographic variables, and an analysis that compared outcomes for project participants to clients in other treatment programs in the state. The treatment agencies involved in the project when the project ended were: the Area Substance Abuse Council (Linn County), Jackson Recovery Centers, Inc. (Woodbury County), and Seasons Center (Clay County). The goals of the project were:
- Increase substance abuse treatment options for targeted cultural, ethnic, or racial populations.
- Provide substance abuse treatment services using evidence-based methods or curricula that have demonstrated positive outcomes with the target population.
- Identify barriers and work with community supportive services to assist clients to participate in and complete CCTP services.
- Assess CCTP effectiveness and client outcomes by maintaining contact with clients for six (6) months after discharge.
- Disseminate CCTP information including, but not limited to, programming, lessons learned, community involvement, and outcomes.
- Train staff to work more effectively with the target population.
- Measure cultural competence and cultural satisfaction of clients, family members and staff.