Development of the detroit target cities management information system

J. Randall Thompson, Thomas C. Tucker, Phyllis Zold-Kilbourn

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The Detroit Target City project was developed on a previously existing central intake system. The management information system, developed using a terminal-host model with a character based user interface, supports client treatment matching, treatment slot management, and case management tools. In addition to describing the system and its development lessons learned in the creation and implementation of the system are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-71
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Technology in Human Services
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 1997

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
In 1993, the Detroit Health Department Bureau of Substance Abuse was awarded funding from the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) to develop a Target Cities program. The Detroit Target Cities initiative was viewed as an opportunity to directly address some of the limitations and improve the effectiveness of the treatment systems for indigent substance abuse clients. The primary goals of the Detroit Target Cities project were to: (1) increase the proportion of indigent clients actually admitted into a treatment program through a system of case management, and (2) to keep indigent clients in treatment longer by improving client/provider matching and removing barriers which make it difficult for clients to remain in treatment.


  • Client-treatment matching
  • Computer
  • MIS
  • Substance abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • General Social Sciences
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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