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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation;
Outlines the Innovators Combating Substance Abuse program's model for exhibiting art by those in addiction recovery as a way to offer insight into substance abuse and recovery. With lessons learned and submissions, selection, and installation guidelines.
Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment;
Provides an overview of Second Life, an Internet-based virtual world, and summarizes discussions among addiction recovery experts about integrating virtual reality into behavioral treatment as a way to teach patients new responses to real environments.
Women's Recovery Services is an initiative of the Minnesota Department of Human Services Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division. Grantees across Minnesota provide treatment support and recovery services for pregnant and parenting women who have substance use disorders and their families. The evaluation, now in it's second round of grantees, includes process and outcome evaluations and a cost-benefit analysis. This report presents evaluation results from year two of the grant. It includes a description of the families served, services provided, and program outcomes.
Since October 2001, approximately 1.64 million U.S. troops have been deployed for Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) in Afghanistan and Iraq. Early evidence suggests that the psychological toll of these deployments may be disproportionately high compared with the physical injuries of combat. Research has focused primarily on three conditions: post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Karney et al. review the empirical literature on these three conditions, focusing on research that supports projections about the likely outcomes for OEF/OIF veterans and their families. These include an increased risk of suicide, substance abuse, and cardiovascular disease. Mental health conditions among veterans are also associated with reduced work productivity and future job prospects and may be a precursor to homelessness. Post-combat mental health disorders also affect servicemembers' spouses and children: For example, each of the three disorders has been linked to intimate partner violence and divorce. The authors also emphasize that it is common for veterans with one of the three conditions -- PTSD, depression, or TBI -- to also develop another of the three, and such individuals tend to experience more severe symptoms, poorer treatment outcomes, and more disability in social and occupation function. Karney et al. conclude with two series of recommendations: one for future research, and one for policy and interventions to mitigate the consequences of post-combat mental health conditions.
SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR);
SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) helps states and communities increase access to Social Security disability benefits for eligible adults who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and have a serious mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder. Funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the SOAR Technical Assistance (TA) Center develops and provides systems planning, training, and technical assistance to support the implementation of SOAR nationwide.
Carsey School of Public Policy at The University of New Hampshire;
On November 14th, 2013, a consortium of organizations and interests sponsored All Walks of Life: A Statewide Conversation on Mental Health and Substance Abuse. Over 300 New Hampshire residents met in six different locations across the state to talk about their priorities, concerns, and ideas regarding mental health and substance abuse in New Hampshire. At the outset, the goals of this conversation were related both nationally and statewide: The three main goals of the National Dialogue: Get Americans talking about mental health to break down misperceptions and promote recovery and healthy communities Find innovative solutions to our mental health needs that are relevant to communities and that serve young people, in particular, Develop clear action steps to move forward in a way that complements existing local activities
Texas Department of Criminal Justice;
The mission of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) is to provide public safety, promote positive change in offender behavior, reintegrate offenders into society, and assist victims of crime. Many of these goals are accomplished through providing a rehabilitative environment for offenders. It has been a collaborative effort between TDCJ and the Texas Legislature to determine the programmatic needs of offenders and to ensure the agency has the resources to achieve the goal of successful reintegration of offenders. To ensure the effectiveness of rehabilitation programs and pursuant to a recommendation made by the Sunset Commission, TDCJ performs routine evaluations of rehabilitation programs to ensure the programs reduce offender reincarceration and parole revocations. This report summarizes the results of offenders who were released in Fiscal Year 2007 who completed one of the following rehabilitation tier programs; InnerChange Freedom Initiative (IFI), In-Prison Therapeutic Community (IPTC), Pre-Release Substance Abuse Program (PRSAP), Pre-Release Therapeutic Community (PRTC), Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative (SVORI), Sex Offender Education Program (SOEP), Sex Offender Treatment Program (SOTP) or the Substance Abuse Felony Punishment (SAFP) program. Most offenders who participate in the rehabilitation tier programs do so as a condition of release pursuant to a consideration given by the Board of Pardons and Paroles (BPP). Some programs allow for participants to be placed without a BPP vote. All participants of the programs are included in the study. Offenders in the SAFP program are on either probation or parole. District Court judges send probationers and the BPP sends parolees to SAFP. Successful completion of the program is a condition of their remaining on supervision. The descriptions of programs that head each section are current descriptions of the program. Some have changed slightly since FY 2007. The report provides a two and three year recidivism analysis (see methodology section) of offenders who completed each of the rehabilitation programs. An additional rehabilitation program, In-Prison Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) Recovery Program offenders was created in FY 2008. This program will be included in future recidivism reports when its program participants have been released for the requisite three years.