Alcohol / Drug Abuse

Alcohol/Drug Abuse - IMPACT Planning Council

Drug Free Communities Evaluations

Evaluation of youth prevention efforts, West Allis/West Milwaukee School District – IMPACT has provided evaluation services to the district for more than five years on three grants related to anti-drug programming. We have supported two five-year, federal Drug Free Communities grants requiring the collection and analysis of data from the police department, community and students including the semi-annual Youth Risk Behavior Survey given to district youth in grades 8 – 12. The third was a three-year, federal Grant for Reducing Alcohol Abuse project involving the creation of online pre-and post-surveys as well as analysis of the data using SPSS. In addition, IMPACT provides expertise around building, facilitating, and evaluating the success of the district’s community coalition for drug abuse prevention.

Youth Risk Behavior Survey

Partners: Elevate, West Allis/West Milwaukee Community Coalition, 27th Street West Drug Free Coalition, Addiction Resource Council
IMPACT is helping these Southeastern Wisconsin communities to survey youth about their use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

Family Drug Treatment Court Evaluation

Milwaukee County Family Drug Treatment Court Evaluation
Partner: Milwaukee County Children’s Court
IMPACT serves as the evaluator for Milwaukee County’s Family Drug Treatment Court (FDTC), which is funded through a grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). FDTC works with parents whose children have been removed from their care due to safety concerns arising from the parents’ substance use. The program engages parents for 12-18 months, using a four-phase approach to substance abuse treatment and focuses on safe parenting. IMPACT provides formative evaluation to the FDTC in order to help strengthen the program and to provide feedback about the extent to which it is meeting its goals and objectives.


Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)
Partners: Wisconsin Partnership Program of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Racine FOCUS, Racine Unified School District, Elevate, Kewaskum School District, Hartford School District, West Allis/West Milwaukee School District, West Allis/West Milwaukee Community Coalition, Waukesha County Drug Free Community Coalition, Waukesha School District, Addiction Resource Council.
Since 2007, IMPACT Planning & Evaluation has been facilitating a collaboration of drug abuse prevention coalitions representing seven southeastern Wisconsin counties. Currently, the group is piloting the use of Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) in local schools. SBIRT is an evidence-based means of screening high school aged youth for risky substance use behaviors.

Substance Abuse Treatment Program Evaluations

Meta House SAMHSA Evaluations
Partner: Meta House, Inc.
Meta House has three grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to provide family-centered, trauma-informed substance abuse treatment to women and their children. The Maternal Reflections project provides residential treatment to pregnant or postpartum women with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders and to their children. The project also engages children’s fathers, partners, and other family members in services. The LIVE project provides intensive outpatient treatment to women with substance use disorders who are at high risk of HIV infection/transmission and to their children. The Healthy Connections project makes use of new technologies (e.g., electronic health records, smartphone applications, etc.) to enhance the capacity of Meta House to engage, retain, and serve women with substance use disorders. IMPACT Planning & Evaluation works in partnership with Meta House to evaluate the outcomes of these programs through pre-post analyses of extensive interview data collected from women at program intake, at discharge, and at follow-ups that occur six and 12 months after intake.

Substance Abuse and Child Welfare Program Evaluations

Meta House Children’s Bureau Evaluations
Partner: Meta House, Inc.
Meta House has two grants from the Children’s Bureau through the Federal Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to provide family-centered, trauma-informed substance abuse treatment to women whose children are/may be involved in the child welfare system. The OFFSPRG project provides residential services and the SAFIR project provides intensive outpatient services. Both projects focus on developing collaborations across the various systems in which families are involved (substance abuse treatment, Milwaukee County Behavioral Health, the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare, Children’s Court, etc.). The projects’ goals include reducing women’s substance use and mental health symptoms, supporting children’s developmental and social-emotional status, and reuniting and reconnecting families. IMPACT Planning & Evaluation serves as the external evaluator, implementing local evaluations to assess the accomplishment of project goals and objectives and contributing to cross-site evaluations of similar efforts nationally.

Veterans Peer-to-Peer Recovery Support Program Evaluation

Band of Brothers and Sisters (BoBS) Program Evaluation
Partners: Center for Veteran’s Issues (CVI) and Dryhootch, Inc. Band of Brothers and Sisters (BoBS) is a peer-to-peer recovery support program provided by CVI in partnership with Dryhootch and is funded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). BoBs provides peer-to-peer services such as support groups, socialization activities, peer mentoring, and linkages to community resources in an effort to engage veterans in recovery and to support them throughout the recovery process. IMPACT serves as the external evaluator for BoBS. The evaluation is collecting qualitative data to describe the peer-to-peer model and its value, as well as analyzing quantitative data to document the population served and the outcomes achieved.