Outcomes

Meta House’s program outcomes demonstrate its commitment and accountability to the community. This includes its investment in a comprehensive evaluation infrastructure.  The organization has four full-time staff positions that are dedicated solely to program evaluation. To assure integrity of results, Meta House contracts with IMPACT Planning & Evaluation as an external evaluation consultant.

Program Results and Outcomes

  • In 2018, Meta House served 541 women and 230 children
  • 123 of the women served were pregnant or had a baby under the age of one
  • Before admission to Meta House, 80% of the women reported having experienced abuse

Residential Treatment

Average length of stay in Meta House Residential: 74 days* (2016 State of Wisconsin average 59 days)
78% of clients successfully completed treatment.*
*Excludes clients who stayed less than two weeks

birth outcomes

  • 100% of pregnant women were linked to prenatal care

For babies born to women who came to treatment at least one month before giving birth:

  • 100% had normal Apgar scores
  • 100% were born without any long-term health problems
  • 86% were born at a healthy weight for their gestational age
  • 100% were born free of alcohol and illegal drugs
  • 71% were full-term (not premature)

At Discharge from Residential Treatment

For women who stayed in the residential program longer than 60 days:

  • 93% of the women were abstinent from or reduced their drug and alcohol use between admission and discharge
  • 83% of the women were discharged to a supportive living environment
  • 94% of the women had not been arrested (no new criminal justice involvement)
  • 58% of the women were employed, enrolled in a training program, or had another legal source of income (compared to 15% at admission).
  • 88% of the women involved with the Child Welfare system improved their parenting skills, had children returned to their care, or had increased visitation with their children 
  • 100% of the women who participated in parent-child relationship therapy showed improvement in their interaction with their children 

Outpatient Treatment

Average length of stay in Meta House Outpatient: 96 days
*Excludes clients who stayed less than two weeks

At Discharge from outpatient Treatment

For women who stayed in the outpatient program longer than 90 days:

  • 64% of the women reduced their substance use
  • 78% of the women were discharged to a supportive living environment
  • 91% of the women had not been arrested (no new criminal justice involvement)
  • 79% of the women were employed, enrolled in a training program, or had another legal source of income