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Impact of Recovery Support Services on Outcomes


Changes in outcomes between a one-year baseline and one-year outcome period were examined for Access To Recovery (ATR) recipients relative to statistically matched clients of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). The ATR program provides support services to promote recovery from substance use disorders (SUD). In analyses of SUD treatment use, employment and arrest rates, ATR and non-ATR clients were subdivided into those who received SUD treatment during the baseline year and those who did not, in order to assess whether outcomes differed according to recent receipt of SUD treatment. Analyses of medical utilization focused on comparing rates of emergency department visits and hospitalizations for matched ATR and comparison group members enrolled in Medicaid or other publicly funded medical programs for at least three months in the baseline and outcome years.


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