CITY OF LITTLE ROCK, AR
Mayor Jim Dailey

INSURE THE CHILDREN

1. Briefly describe the structure of your program.

This program is an intensive adolescent outpatient substance abuse treatment program.

2. When was the program created and why?

Started in 1991, the program was created due to the lack of a publicly funded adolescent substance abuse treatment facility in Little Rock. The program was restructured to reduce inpatient services (which used the majority of program funding) in 1993 and was "relaunched" in December 1996 as an intensive outpatient program to better us.

3. How do you measure the programís effectiveness?

Evaluations of the original program and the "relaunched" programs indicate significant reductions in negative behavior (substance use, poor grades, trouble with police, difficulties at home) and significant increases in positive behavior (time spent with non-substance using friends, better relationships with family, improved behavior and performance at school) by participants.

4. How is the program financed?

$500,000/yr from Future-Little Rock Tax (a Ĺ cent city sales tax passed in December 1993)

5. How is the community involved in the program, if at all? How has the community responded to the program?

The need for the program was identified through a series of public forums called Future-Little Rock. The structure of the program was developed utilizing knowledge of local substance abuse providers.

6. Contact person:

Debbie Rushing

Program Coordinator

Insure the Children/Arkansas Childrenís Hospital

800 Marshall

Little Rock, AR 72202

(501) 320-1987

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