- Christy A. Visher, Principal Investigator
- Steven S. Martin, Co-Investigator
- Daniel J. O'Connell, Co-Investigator
- Sami Abdel-Salam, Project Director
- Laura Monico, Graduate Research Assistant (MATICCE)
- Ashley Kilmer, Graduate Research Assistant (OPII)
- Holly Swan, Graduate Research Assistant (HIV-STIC)
- Initiated: 2009; Funding Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse
CJ‐DATS 2: Middle Atlantic Center
CJ‐DATS 2 is a series of national collaborative research projects involving nine Research Centers and a Coordinating Center, and builds on the work accomplished under the initial CJ-DATS. The Center for Drug and Health Studies at the University of Delaware is one of the nine Research Centers. Many of the key questions reflect the need to develop a better understanding of the organizational and systems issues that can aid or undermine implementation of effective drug treatment and other services in correctional settings, especially for individuals reentering the community after incarceration.
A particular focus of CJ-DATS 2 is to investigate how agencies, sites, or programs adopt and implement evidence-based practices across different stages of criminal justice processing, and how the implementation of evidence-based programs and practices can be improved to yield better client outcomes and increased utilization of services.
CJ-DATS 2: Medication-assisted treatment implementation in community corrections environments (MATICCE)
The Medication-Assisted Treatment Implementation in Community Correctional Environments (MATICCE) protocol focuses on improved inter-organizational linkages and communication between criminal justice agencies (e.g., probation and parole, TASC) and community treatment centers where pharmacotherapy is currently provided. The primary focus of the protocol is a strategy that combines two types of interventions: 1) survey and address knowledge, perceptions, and information (KPI) of employees and staff through staff training, and 2) a strategic planning and implementation process to generate improved collaboration and communication between criminal justice agencies and community treatment centers surround MAT. (See: "Medication-Assisted Treatment in Criminal Justice Agencies Affiliated with the Criminal Justice-Drug Abuse Treatment Studies (CJ-DATS): Availability, Barriers, and Intentions .)
CJ-DATS 2: Improving Best Practices in Assessment and Case Planning for Offenders: Organizational Process Improvement Intervention (OPII)
The Best Practices in Assessment and Case Planning for Offenders: Organizational Process Improvement Intervention (OPII) is designed to: evaluate the effects of an organizational strategy to improve the processes of risk and needs assessment of offenders and development of case plans; transfer this information to community-based treatment agencies; and promote access to services specified in the case plans. The target organizations of the study are correctional agencies involved in the reentry and/or diversion of adult offenders to the community, including prisons, jails, probation and parole, and community-based substance abuse treatment agencies. Four core dimensions of process improvement have been conceptualized as critical in the string of activities associated with the process of assessment, case planning, and service referral for offenders with substance use disorders: Measurement and Instrumentation; Integration with Case Plan; Conveyance and Utility; and Service Activation. The protocol was conducted in collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Corrections.
CJ-DATS 2: HIV Services and Treatment Implementation in Corrections (HIV-STIC)
Offenders are at high risk for HIV infection, yet there are important gaps in the implementation of effective HIV services for preventing, testing for, and treating HIV. This CJ-DATS 2 protocol addresses the research gap by experimentally testing an organizational intervention strategy for more effectively implementing improvements to one of the HIV Services Continuum for offenders under correctional supervision: HIV prevention; testing; or linkage to care for HIV-positive individuals upon discharge. The protocol was implemented in collaboration with the Delaware Department of Corrections with a focus on the linkage to care stage of the continuum.