In 2003 CIBHS was asked by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health to develop a system to monitor client outcomes in the CalWORKs program. The system developed focused on substance abuse (SA) treatment and domestic violence (DV) services as well as mental health (MH) treatment. The primary outcomes are completing services and finding employment. But transitional steps (such as job training) and clinical outcomes are also documented.
The most recent report, published in July 2007, proposes a large-scale demonstration project to test reforms that the study has indicated might improve outcomes.
Four reports present the findings of the second year of monitoring the effects of providing MH/SA and DV services to CalWORKs participants in Los Angeles. There is a report on mental health, one on substance abuse, and one on domestic violence. A shorter Policy Implications report summarizes the results of all three domains for policy-makers. There is also a two page summary of the Policy Implications report.
Mental health, substance abuse and domestic violence each have a section in this initial report on Los Angeles outcomes of service. A detailed description of the methodology employed is also available.
Three peer-reviewed articles describe the effects of MH/AOD and DV among CalWORKs participants in Kern County and Stanislaus County. These are the only reports in which findings from all three years of the research interviews are included.
Here are the citations:
Meisel, J., Chandler, D., & Rienzi, B. (2003). Domestic violence prevalence and effects on employment in two California TANF populations. Violence Against Women, 9(10), 1191-1213.
Chandler, D., Meisel, J., Jordan, P., Rienzi, B. M., & Goodwin, S. N. (2004). Substance abuse, employment and welfare tenure. Social Service Review, 78(4), 628-651.
Chandler, D., Meisel, J., Jordan, P., Rienzi, B. M., & Goodwin, S. N. (2005). Mental health, employment and welfare tenure. Journal of Community Psychology, Forthcoming.
Click on the links below to view pre-publication drafts of these articles.
This report, prepared for the Los Angles County Mental Health Department, uses several data sources to profile 54 LA CalWORKs mental health programs. The report sets the context of 15 years of welfare reform and then discusses hurdles to employment experienced by CalWORKs mental health participants. Outcomes of services are shown for Engagement and Disaffiliation, Employment, Mental Health and personal strengths.
For several years CIBHS has been working with the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health to design a system for the routine monitoring of CalWORKs Mental Health outcomes. This study evaluates the implementation of the monitoring system between October 2014 and February 2016. It also uses data from the monitoring effort to profile employment and psychiatric outcomes on a quarterly basis. Finally it presents four policy issues that the monitoring data permits DMH to address.