Criminal Justice Drug and Alcohol Treatment Study (CJDATS)
This study is focused on the implementation of evidence-based practices in the area of substance abuse treatment. Researchers are investigating which organizational change strategies are most effective in promoting the implementation of evidence-based practices.
- Principal Investigator: Steve Belenko, Ph.D., Temple University
- Investigator: Gary Zajac, Ph.D. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
About the Project
- NIDA-funded, multi-center, multi-site, multi-year study focused upon the implementation of evidence-based practices in corrections, with specific focus on substance abuse treatment.
- Three primary research protocols – (1) implementation of medically assisted therapies in drug treatment (e.g. methadone); (2) utilization of rigorous assessment practices in the development of treatment plans in the transition from prison to the community; (3) implementation of strategies to manage care of HIV positive inmates.
- Emphasis with CJDATS is not on evaluating outcomes of specific treatment practices, but studying the implementation of evidence-based practices and testing strategies to enhance such implementation.
- How are evidence-based treatment practices disseminated within corrections agencies?
- What organizational change strategies (e.g. local change teams) are most effective in promoting the implementation of evidence based practices?
- Nine research centers testing organizational change strategies in the three research protocol areas in dozens of criminal justice agencies across the U.S.
- Results will inform development and dissemination of organizational strategies to promote high fidelity implementation of evidence-based practices in correctional substance abuse treatment and will contribute to the growing body of literature on implementation science.