Plan for Data Collection

Nak Union Behavioral Health collects and reports date according to the standards required by the Government Performance and Results Act. (GPRA).  By having an external evaluator, Capacity Builders, Inc. (CBI), engaged in the project from its inception, continuous observation of project implementation occurs.

Leading the work for CBI is Kristen S. Rivas. Ms. Rivas has a Bachelors degree in Health Education and Promotion, with a minor in addiction counseling. In addition, she has a Masters degree in Substance Abuse Counseling and Education and is licensed by the State of Nevada as a Substance Abuse Counselor. She has over 18 years of experience working in the health field, with a special focus on the mental health, substance abuse treatment and prevention service area. For the past ten years she has worked at both the state level and within the business community planning, implementing and evaluating projects at all levels to include the grassroots, state and federal levels. More specifically, Kristen specializes in program planning, strategic planning, fund development, quality assurance, grant writing and evaluation.

Using the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) Discretionary Services Client Level Tool, data will be collected and reported on performance measures including:

  • Client’s substance use
  • Family and living condition
  • Employment status
  • Social connectedness
  • Access to treatment
  • Retention in treatment
  • Criminal justice history
  • Frequency/type of substance use 90 days before getting in trouble with the law.

Data will be entered into CSAT’s GPRA Data Entry and Reporting System via the Internet within 7 business days of the forms being completed. In addition, 80% of the participants will be followed-up after exiting the program.

Descriptive data will be maintained on each persons released from the institution participating in the program.  Voluntary participants in this re-entry program will provide informed consent for the Nak Union Union Behavioral Health service providers to supply relevant descriptive and program involvement data to the research staff.  Descriptive data at a minimum includes:

  • Date of birth
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Ethnicity and race
  • City/home address
  • Employment and earnings
  • Education level
  • History of mental health care and/or substance use
  • Post-release status

Program involvement data will include at minimum:

  • The clients re-entry plan
  • Type and nature of program involvement required
  • Program(s) in which client is enrolled
  • Number of program meetings attended
  • Program completion status
  • Sanctions
  • Interventions
  • Incentives
  • Supervision levels
  • Employment status

Finally, data relevant to the client success in Nak Union Union Behavioral Health will be maintained. Included are data regarding recidivism by:

  • New criminal charge(s)
  • Listing type(s) and severity
  • Parole status
  • Violation