OYYAS Youth Disparities in Recovery Services Evaluation

Client: The Office of Youth and Young Adult Services (OYYAS)
Topic Areas: Behavioral health and substance use; Children, youth, and families; Social determinants of health
Services: Assessment and Planning, Participatory Evaluation

ICH and Senior Consultant Dr. Jon Delman are collaborating with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to investigate disparities in youth recovery service utilization and outcomes. The Office of Youth and Young Adult Services (OYYAS), part of MDPH’s Bureau of Substance Addiction Services, has funded ICH to identify strategies to address the fundamental causes of disparities in recovery service utilization and outcomes for youth and young adults (aged 12-24) who have used drugs in Massachusetts. The project will employ a mixed methods approach to assessing structural causes in disparities in recovery services, with a special focus on BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ youth populations. In Phase 1 of the project, the ICH team will develop community profiles using available quantitative data on substance use and recovery services. The team will also engage with youth and family community members, peer evaluators, and expert key informants during the first phase of the project. These activities will inform the development of an evaluation plan, which will be implemented in Phase II of the project. This project will ultimately help OYYAS better serve youth and families seeking recovery services, and address systematic barriers to delivering recovery services for BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ youth in Massachusetts.