For the intervention program to have its greatest impact, the NARTC staff decided that it should occur no later than 2 years subsequent to completion of primary treatment for substance abuse.
To address issues regarding the alcohol work-related disability (which in some cases is part of a dual diagnosis), VR and treatment administrators worked directly with NARTC staff in the planning and execution of the project.
To find answers to these questions, NARTC staff conducted detailed process and outcome evaluations with the full cooperation and input of the participants, for ultimately those individuals experiencing the program had the insights and understanding so critical to the success and future development of the project.
While this may be considered irresponsible by some in the treatment field, NARTC staff in fact felt it to be quite necessary.
Using a scale from 0 to 10 (0 = no sense of self-empowerment or self-esteem and 10 = a strong sense of self-empowerment or self-esteem), NARTC staff coded the field notes from the first meeting and compared them with a wide spectrum of data sources (field notes of the last meeting, post-workshop interviews, mutual support group reports, 2 months post-workshop interviews, and VR counselor reports).
First, it provided a conduit for networking and developing links between the Indian community and the regional VR branches and among the different projects run out of the office of NARTC. These links have fostered not only the development of new sources of information but also a greater understanding between the community and Oregon State VR.