Addressing the Problem of Recidivism in Los Angeles Mission WorkStart Participants: A Process Evaluation
Systemic, cultural, and religious factors affect substance abuse recidivism among the homeless. The current project evaluates the process of implementing The Wheel of Life, a revised substance abuse recovery model for participants of the Los Angeles Mission (LAM) WorkStart program. The model outlined a process for developing individuals in seven areas: spiritual, occupational, financial responsibility, family relations, community relations, lifelong learning, and personal health/well-being. It utilized a client-centered approach of personal goal setting to facilitate job placement and reintegration into society. Semi-structured interviews with two LAM staff were conducted to evaluate the implementation process across four domains: (a) development and implementation, (b) planning and systems issues, (c) training and personnel, and (d) graduate participation. Common themes including feasibility of program goals and participant outcomes were identified and discussed. These findings will influence future implementation of The Wheel of Life and offer an integrated approach to overcoming microsystemic barriers to reintegration into mainstream society.
PSYD in Clinical Psychology
Abernethy, Alexis D.
Los Angeles Mission WorkStart Program, Recidivism, Homelessness, Substance abuse
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