CJ-DATS 2:  Medication-assisted treatment implementation in community corrections environments (MATICCE)

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

Initiated: 2009

Funding Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse

Project Summary:

The Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Implementation in Community Correctional Environments (MATICCE) protocol proposes a study that seeks to improve interorganizational 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 that will generate improved collaboration and communication between criminal justice agencies and community treatment centers surround MAT. The purpose of these interventions is to improve the process that begins when a released inmate or probationer is referred to substance-abuse treatment, and continues through the client’s referral for and receipt of MAT when appropriate. This same protocol is being implemented by each of the nine Research Centers nationwide, and CDAS is implementing the protocol in Delaware with probationers in Wilmington and Newark, and affiliated community treatment programs.

The paired probation/community treatment agencies will be randomized to either receive only the KPI, or both phases of the protocol. The research team then intends to study both the process of the implementation project as well as how it impacts the overall referral process related to persons demonstrating need of assessment for MAT. By helping to establish and improve these linkages, this study hopes to reduce threats to public health and safety, as well as improve the benefits of each client. The project is expected to be completed in 2014.