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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.

Project Team

  • Principal Investigator: Steve Belenko, Ph.D., Temple University
  • Investigator: Gary Zajac, Ph.D. (gxz3@psu.edu)

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.

Research Questions

  • 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?

Project Details

  • Nine research centers testing organizational change strategies in the three research protocol areas in dozens of criminal justice agencies across the U.S.

Implications

  • 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.