"Guiding Clients From the Darkness of Addiction Since 1990"

PNLH has focused on results (outcomes) since its inception in 1990.  In fact, PNLH has over 23 years of outcome data to demonstrate the clinical effectiveness of its services.  Listed below are some sample outcomes from our IOPD and EOPD programs.


PNLH's 2013 Outcome Report-From State's TEDS

A review of FY13 data from the State of Michigan Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) for three Coordinating Agencies that PNLH serves indicates PNLH’s system of care consistently has a significant impact on primary drug usage for the persons served and is one of the leaders in most of the outcomes measured by the State of Michigan.


SEMCA CA Analysis: 

As in previous years, PNLH is a leader in percentage change in reduction of primary drug use, measured from admission to discharge for SEMCA OP providers FY13.  PNLH’s rate was a reported 77.66% reduction in use rate.  The state average reported was 60.13% and the average for SEMCA was 63.39%.

PNLH was the leader in completion rates for outpatient treatment providers in SEMCA’s network.  PNLH’s reported rate was 56.6%, vs state average of 41.3% and a 44.4% for SEMCA network.

PNLH also had a reported 62.55% reduction in homelessness; with state average at 21.05%, making PNLH the 3rd best provider re: impact on homelessness of SEMCA OP providers (SEMCA network average reduction in homelessness was 29.11%).


Oakland CA (OSAS) Analysis: 

PNLH was the best provider in Oakland CA’s outpatient provider network in terms of continuation rates (retention of clients in treatment) with a reported rate of 82.1% for PNLH; 65.4% for the average for Oakland CA and 41.3% for the State average. PNLH’s success rate is double the state’s average in this domain.

In terms of change of employment, PNLH was the 2nd best outpatient provider in Oakland CA’s Network in terms of connecting clients to employment (PNLH reported a 50% increase in employment compared to an average increase of 27.3% for Oakland and a 27.1% average for the state).  Again, nearly double the state’s average with regard to outcome area.

Access to treatment is vitally important to the persons we serve.  PNLH was the 3rd best provider in terms of having quick entry to treatment (average 1.88 days for PNLH); average 4.76 days for OP network of Oakland and over 8 days for the average time to enter for the state. That’s 2.5 times faster than the average for Oakland and less than 20% of the wait time compared to the state average. 



Detroit CA Analysis:

PNLH had the 5th highest reduction in homeless (as a percentage) than any other provider in Detroit (77.29%).  Detroit’s OP average reduction in homelessness was 48% with a state average of 21%.  PNLH’s outcomes for this measure were nearly twice that of the average for the City of Detroit.

PNLH’s OP reduction in primary drug use was 71.68% vs the Detroit CA average of 49.53% (and the state’s average of 60.13%). 

If PNLH’s residential data were compared to the residential providers from Detroit (for some reason, PNLH’s data was not included in the state’s outcome report on Detroit’s residential providers), PNLH would be the 2nd leading provider in terms of success in completion rates from residential providers (with 59.4% vs 53.12 average for Detroit providers).







Residential Completion Rates for Detroit Providers (PNLH included)

Note: the above graph illustrates where PNLH’s residential program outcome would be for completion rates (2nd best provider) if included in the original Detroit outcomes report from the State.  



Washtenaw/Livingston Counties (WCHO):

PNLH did not receive referrals from WCHO during this fiscal year.  However, when PNLH’s outcome data from other coordinating agency referrals is compared to WCHO’s network, PNLH’s outcome data for Completion, Reduction in Primary Drug Use and reduction in homelessness far exceeded other service providers in the WCHO network.




Overall, PNLH clinical performance in the areas measured by the state’s outcome system (TEDS) exceeded the state’s averages as well as the individual coordinating agency averages.  In some areas, PNLH’s clinical outcomes were the front-runner of the outcomes measured. Areas in which PNLH was not leading will be reviewed by PNLH’s quality improvement committee for ways to enhance our success with the persons we serve.

IOPD Outcome Data FY 2008:Outcome data for clients who attended PNLH's IOPD program in 2008 is as follows:

  • 69.5% of clients contacted 6-months post D/C were in recovery.  54% report total abstinence from drug and alcohol use.
  • 48% employed at 6-month follow-up
  • 90% report being very satisfied with their counselor.
  • 83% report improved well-being (pre v.s. post treatment)
EOPD Outcome Data:

Clients remain in PNLH housing while engaged in enhanced (2-4 individual or group sessions/week) outpatient services.

Operating in Ann Arbor (since 2006) and Plymouth (2007).

  • 76% have remained completely clean & sober (initial 6 month study).
  • 94% retention rate in recovery.
  • 71% Decrease in ASI scores

We’ll leave you with some direct quotes from previous  participants:

“I believe the LIGHT House should be a model for treatment facilities across the United States and other neighboring countries”

“I was given everything I needed (freedom of choice) and tools to continue”

“This is the best program I’ve ever been in.”

“This is the most comprehensive substance abuse program that I have encountered, I’ve referred to it as a school because I learned daily.  It’s truly is a “healing environment.  Thanks for sharing.”