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How to Establish and Measure an Effective Substance Abuse Diversion Program

Substance abuse is a pervasive issue affecting individuals, families, and communities worldwide. It is not only a health problem but also a social and legal issue. As an alternative to punitive measures, diversion programs can provide effective strategies for rehabilitating individuals struggling with substance abuse disorder.


Establishing a Diversion Program

To establish an effective diversion program, it is important to first identify the issues that you are looking to address as well as the eligibility criteria for participants based on factors like substance abuse history, current charges, and criminal records. It is also important to reach out to other stakeholders in the community, such as local law enforcement, healthcare providers, social workers, and community organizations. This collaborative approach allows for a holistic understanding of the community’s needs, leading to a more tailored and effective program. Next, you can establish a clear set of guidelines and procedures to ensure all agencies involved and participants understand the program's expectations and requirements.


Measuring the Success of the Program

  • Quantifying the success of a diversion program can be done in a number of ways based on the objective and goals of a program. But a few metrics that are always good to look at are:

  • The number of individuals who took part in the program and the number that successfully completed it.

  • The rates of recidivism and further law enforcement interaction of those that completed the program.

  • The program's impact on the community, such as a reduction in drug-related crime and accidental overdoses.


Looking at these metrics regularly can help your agency to find aspects of the program that could be expanded or improved upon and allows you to track the success of the program overtime and share those wins with the community. When you are choosing a program resource make sure it is equipped with a range reporting capabilities. For instance, the Advent eLearning platform allows users to create custom reports based on different parameters, giving a thorough overview of program performance. And allows you to export data for external use or review makes it an essential resource for any agency managing a diversion program.

Substance abuse diversion programs offer a compassionate and constructive alternative to traditional punitive measures. These programs can significantly improve participants’ lives and contribute to a safer and healthier community. While creating an effective substance abuse diversion program may seem complex, the Advent eLearning platform can help you implement and run a comprehensive and efficient program.


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