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.
2011 Peer-Reviewed Article on CalWORKs Mental Health Services and Outcomes
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.