The Connecticut Research Center for the Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Treatment Services (CJ-DATS) Research Collaborative


Dr. Frisman is the Principal Investigator for the CT Center of CJ-DATS. Funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, CJ-DATS conducts studies of critical importance to the issue of criminal offenders with drug abuse problems. All studies are conducted with other centers that form the collaborative. Other centers include the University of California in Los Angeles, Lifespan Hospitals (Rhode Island), the National Drug Research Institute, the University of Delaware, the University of Kentucky, Texas Christian University, and the University of Miami. Together, these centers identify issues that most need further research, and then design and carry out these studies. Studies being conducted in Connecticut include:

Targeted Case Management (TCM)

The TCM study (Michael Prendergast, Ph.D., UCLA, Lead Principal Investigator) tests a parole re-entry intervention model that rests on the strengths model. Consenting prisoners with substance use problems meet with their case managers shortly before release, to complete a strengths assessment, and to establish goals. Also prior to release, the case manager and prisoner have a conference call with key persons who will be working with the offender following release (e.g., parole officers, family members, employers, treatment counselors). Once released, the same case manager continues to work with the offender in the community to promote treatment participation and support the client’s access to needed services. Prisoners assigned to the comparison condition receive usual discharge planning and parole services. In Connecticut, 200 inmates have been admitted to the study, and are being re-interviewed at 3 and 9 months following release. The study will determine whether a strengths-based transitional case management model can reduce drug relapse and criminal recidivism. For more information about the TCM study, see CJDATS web site.

Step’n Out

The Step’n Out study (Peter Friedmann, M.D., MPH, Lifespan Hospitals, RI, Lead Principal Investigator) tests an integrated model of parole and drug counseling that includes contingency management (rewards for progress in treatment). Parolees who consent to be in the study are randomly assigned to the Step’n Out intervention, which includes joint meetings between the parole office, parolee, and treatment counselor. Parolee-identified goals, and progress on steps within each goal, are captured in a specialized computer program that alerts the PO when the parolee has earned a reward. Rewards can include recognition for progress or items with monetary value such as gift certificates and bus tokens. Parolees randomly assigned to the comparison condition receive usual parole services and drug abuse treatment. In Connecticut, we are enrolling 150 parolees for the Step’n Out study. They will be interviewed at baseline, 3 months and 9 months. For more information about the Step’n Out study, see CJDATS web site.

For additional information regarding this Project, please feel free to contact the Project Director, Linda Frisman, Ph.D., Associate Professor.

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CT Center of CJ-DATS

Principal Investigator:
Dr. Linda Frisman

Award Sponsor:
National Institute on Drug Abuse

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