Evaluation of Diversion for Trauma Survivors


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) has been facilitating the expansion of criminal justice diversion programs for the past several years. Although Connecticut already operates and funds diversion programs throughout the state, one group that has not been adequately served are people with trauma disorders. CMHS funding has made it possible to implement a more intensive program for men and women who need specialized trauma services at the Capitol Region Mental Health Center in Hartford. Dr. Frisman is the evaluator of this program. The evaluation includes a process component, documenting the implementation of services, problems and how they were overcome; and an outcomes component, following participants from their admission to the program and continuing for one year. Outcomes being tracked through the 6 and 12 month follow-up waves include criminal justice involvement, substance use, mental health, housing, and employment..

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

Project Title:
Evaluation of Diversion for Trauma Survivors

Principal Investigator:
Dr. Linda Frisman

Award Sponsor:
National Institute on Drug Abuse SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)

Award Amount:
$297,874

Period of Award:
4/30/06-4/29/09