Developing training and employment programs to meet the needs of methadone treatment clients

Michael L. Dennis, Georgia T. Karuntzos, Gail L. McDougal, Michael T. French, Robert L. Hubbard

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The classical approach to methadone treatment is focused on rehabilitation and involves using methadone to stabilize the client physiologically; counseling to address psychosocial needs; and support services to overcome barriers to treatment and a productive life-style. Vocational services traditionally have been included in the latter component as a major factor in enabling clients to become functioning members of society. This paper reviews prior research on vocational services for methadone clients and presents preliminary findings from a randomly controlled trial of a training and employment program with 249 clients in three community-based programs. The results suggest that vocational services can increase access to training and vocational assistance programs significantly, increase school enrollment, and decrease unemployment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-86
Number of pages14
JournalEvaluation and Program Planning
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Social Psychology
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Strategy and Management
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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