Adolescent Outcomes Project: Evaluating the Phoenix Academy Treatment Model

Adolescent Outcomes Project: Evaluating the Phoenix Academy Treatment Model

PI: Andrew Morral

Funded by: Center for Substance Abuse Treatment

Adolescents with the most severe drug problems frequently receive no treatment until they come under the supervision of the juvenile justice system. By then, these drug-using adolescents tend to be alienated from their families and schools, and involved in dangerous or destructive activities. Therefore, in addition to addressing drug use, treatment programs for adolescent probationers need to help teenagers deal with a wide range of developmental difficulties in addition to drug use. As part of an ongoing collaboration, RAND and Phoenix House are evaluating how well the Phoenix Academy adolescent treatment model succeeds in assisting youths to overcome their drug and other social, legal, and developmental difficulties. RAND is assessing 450 drug-using adolescent probationers before, during, and after they receive treatment at Phoenix Academy or one of several comparison group homes. The study will determine community treatment provided in the Phoenix Academy. It will also identify differences between group homes and analyze the relative benefits of long and short stays in group homes.