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Unmet need for wrap-around services in out-patient addiction treatment

Janice Pringle, Ph D, Institute for Research, Education, and Training in Addictions (IRETA), 425 Sixth Avenue, Suite 1710, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, 412-391-4449, pringlej@ireta.org

Many addiction treatment participants suffer from significant health and psychosocial problems in addition to substance abuse at the time of treatment entry. Out-patient treamtent programs have attempted to address these problems by providing or facilitating access to ancillary health and social services known as "wrap-around" services. Neverhteless, previous research has suggested high levels of unmet need for these services in the addiction treatment population. Using data from a large study of community-based out-patient addiction treatment, the present study provides additional information of levels of unmet service need and the relationship between need and receipt of services during and following treatment. Our results suggest high levels of unment need for a wide variety of health and psychosocial services. Clinical, policy, and research implications of these findings will be discussed.

Learning Objectives: By the end of the session, the participant will be able to

Keywords: Access to Care, Access and Services

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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The 132nd Annual Meeting (November 6-10, 2004) of APHA