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Opportunity Knocks (OK) Demographics
FY 09/10 Quarter 3 - Demographics
When analyzing demographic data it is important to capture all members that were served within the given month and not just those that are enrolled at the end of period. At the Opportunity Knocks program we do just that when analyzing data for Gender Identity, Age, and Ethnicity, and many other values. In this report we are utilizing the enrollment at the end of period and total persons served for the reported time frame.
(N = Total Members)
When reviewing Graph A one is able to summarize the number of members who were served throughout the reporting period. Analyzing this data is critical when considering member statistics and demographics. There are members that leave the program and return, but this is an expected and normal part of the recovery process. Statistics like return admission, first time admission, and members discharged are vital pieces of data to assist in program development. Knowing more member statistical information is empowering for all parties involved, including the members themselves who drive the recovery process.
As illustrated in Graph B, data that was captured within the Caminar database indicates that there is a slightly higher male to female ratio within the Opportunity knocks program with a 42% female to 58% male statistic for the month of March.
Graph C suggests that the majority of the Opportunity Knocks population is in the 26 – 55 age range. There are a few members who are in the 16-25 age range and an even smaller group for the 60+. Members are enrolled on a case-by-case basis based on the member’s need of services, program requirements, and whether Opportunity Knocks resources are in line with the individual’s needs.
Graph D is a snapshot of all member’s reported ethnicity who were served at the end of the March 2010 period. Within the Opportunity Knocks program there are Personal Service Coordinators who meet the needs of members who may not be fluent in the English language. Services are predominately provided in English and Spanish with services also provided in Vietnamese and Singhalese.
Graph E illustrates a breakdown of members residential placements at the end of period. The categories above are situational, i.e., they are contingent on each individual circumstance – Room and Board and/or Sober Living can both be Independent Housing and Transitional Housing depending on that members situation. Within the “Other” classification those who are either incarcerated, homeless, hospitalized, or missing in action (MIA) are captured here.
The Opportunity Knocks Housing Coordinator assists and empowers members in securing housing that meets their individual needs.
Graph F illustrates the total number of members, episodes, and days of incarceration for the Opportunity Knocks program. When analyzing this data, it is crucial to break out total episodes from total members incarcerated, as members may be incarcerated multiple times in the month. If one were to only analyze one set of data, the outcome may be skewed, thus considering both provides a more accurate reflection of not only incarcerations, but also of recidivism for the time period. When analyzing number of days incarcerated for the time period, one must also remember to calculate an amount for total possible incarceration days. Doing so will provide a more accurate perspective in regard to a positive or negative outcome. For this period, there 87 days of incarcerations out of a possible 4,185 days, so it is a relatively small percentage of total possible days.
Graph G provides a breakdown of both psychiatric and medical hospitalizations for the March 2010 period. The data on the left side of Graph G specifically analyzes psychiatric hospitalizations, and the data on the right side of the graph analyzes medical hospitalizations. The data suggests there were more psychiatric episodes then there were members, suggesting that a member had multiple hospitalizations within the reporting period. The same is true with medical hospitalizations, as there are more episodes of medical hospitalizations then there were members hospitalized. These types of outcomes illustrate the importance of analyzing all data in order to not only accurately represent the OK members, but also ensure that there are no additional obstacles in their overall recovery. When taking into account total number of members, Graph G suggests there were relatively small episodes/members hospitalized for the reporting period.
Graph H indicates the number of members who are actively enrolled in an educational setting. Analyzing the data in Graph H, one can see that those who were engaged in education were enrolled in either a High School (HS)/Adult Education, vocational/Technical, and Community or four-year program outside of the Opportunity Knocks program. All Opportunity Knocks members are encouraged to keep their minds active within the program through a variety of groups, some that are peer led, and in-house education activities, that are meant to keep the members engaged and motivated.
One should note that even though there were 14 members engaged in education at the end of period, there were a total of 15 members who were engaged in an educational setting throughout the reporting period. These total members recorded a total of 434 education days in an educational setting (independent from the OK program).
Graph I indicates the number of members who are actively engaged in an employment setting. When analyzing the data in Graph I, one can see that the majority of those members who were engaged in an employment setting were in competitive employment, and all others were either acquiring work experience, or engaged in other gainful/employment activities. All members have resources available to them in order to help them secure employment should it be a part of their recovery goal.
There were a total of 562 employment days recorded for the 17 members in competitive employment (independent of OK program), and 155 other gainful employment activity days recorded for the 5 members engaged in other gainful employment activity (independent of OK program).
Graph J provides the primary Axis I diagnosis breakdown of all members served within March 2010. This data is crucial, not only to provide the program with member demographics, but to also ensure there are ample resources available for members with all types of diagnoses, and to ensure all member barriers are understood as well as managed throughout the recovery process. The primary Axis I diagnosis is utilized by both the medical staff and the Personal Service Coordinators to ensure the best possible resources are made available to all Opportunity Knocks members.
Graph K illustrates a breakdown of primary disability for all members served within the reported time frame. This type of data is crucial to ensure all members are provided with the best possible resources, and to help the Opportunity Knocks staff guide the member through each of their personal recovery goals.
In order to better serve our members’ it is crucial that we look at such demographics to ensure all resources are allocated and available for our members’ recovery.