Needs and Services Received Reported by Women Released to Parole From the Forever Free Treatment Program

Michael L. Prendergast, UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs
Elizabeth Hall, UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Prog.
Jean Wellisch, University of California - Los Angeles

ABSTRACT
The likelihood that women offenders, particularly those with substance abuse problems, will successfully complete parole depends largely on whether social and psychological needs that may be related to recidivism are met. Identifying such needs and providing appropriate services may improve women's parole performance. Using data from a twelve-month outcome evaluation of the Forever Free Substance Abuse Treatment Program at the California Institution for Women, this paper examines the service needs reported by women after they were released to parole and whether those needs were met (at least to the satisfaction of the women). Preliminary analysis indicates that, once releaseed to parole, women in the comparison group had greater service needs than women who had participated in the Forever Free treatment program, but that the comparison group women received services at a lower rate than women in the Forever Free group. The greatest unmet need for both groups was in the area of vocational and educational services, with nearly 40% reporting that they did not receive the vocational services they needed. Findings on needs and services from this study will be compared with those from an earlier evaluation of the Forever Free program that asked the same questions.

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Updated 05/20/2006