CHAPTER 3. PROCESS EVALUATION
1. PARTICIPANT DESCRIPTIONS
Participants for this project were 129 individual parents (for a total of 115 families) in Regions I, III, or IV, who qualified for the PTP and were willing to sign the consent form. Participants were referred by child welfare staff who suspected that substance abuse issues were a contrib- uting factor in their initial referrals to child protective services. Children of these parents were at home or recently placed out-of-home in relative or foster care.
TABLE 4: FAMILIES AND CHILDREN SERVED
Individuals referred for PTP
Families referred for PTP
Cases by Region. The majority of participants (60%) were from Region IV, Boise, the most populated Region in Idaho. Region III, Nampa-Caldwell recruited 26% of participants, and Region I, Coeur d’Alene (the least populous Region) recruited 14%.
Figure 1 Cases by Region
Average participant. The typical client referred to the PTP was female, white, 27 years of age, unemployed, living with another adult, and economically poor. She had an 11th grade and two young children, and used methamphetamines. The average length of substance use was five to six years. Table 5 and Figures 2 to 5 present participants’ demographic information.
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