Research Activities

In concert with the Center for Mental Health Services Research at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the Maryland Mental Hygiene Administration, and the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Corrections, our Center faculty members have a number of ongoing research projects. These include:

Current Research

Computerized Database for clients served by the Maryland Community Criminal Justice Treatment Program (MCCJTP) - In 1998, a pilot electronic database was established in eight Maryland counties through the University of Maryland (Jack E. Scott, Sc.D.). Data on client user characteristics, service use patterns, and outcomes at 90 days post release are being gathered, and outcomes will be used to guide clinical interventions and administrative policies. The MCCJTP is funded through Byrne Memorial Funds.

Phoenix Project - The MHA Division of Special Populations has received over three years from SAMHSA for a pre- and post-booking diversion, treatment and support program in Wicomoco County for women with serious mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorder.

Trauma, Addiction, Mental Health and Recovery Program (TAMAR) - The TAMAR program was funded in October 1997 as a Phase I research demonstration project under the SAMHSA Women & Violence Cooperative Agreement Research demonstration Program. During the two-year Phase I period, the program is being implemented in three Maryland counties. In each county, a specialized Clinical Trauma Specialist has been hired to work within local detention center and the community to develop an integrated network of childhood trauma-informed mental health and substance abuse treatment and social support services for women with psychiatric disorders, co-occurring substance abuse disorders, and histories of childhood sexual or physical trauma, or other violent victimization. In addition to establishing a new psycho-educational group intervention for women in the detention centers, the Clinical Trauma Specialists and project staff on the assessment and management of childhood violent victimization and to develop a 'one-stop-shop' model of service delivery for these women when they are released into the community. Joan Gillece, Ph.D. (Principal Investigator) and Jack Scott, Sc.D. (Co-Principal Investigator) led the TAMAR project. Application for Phase II thee-year outcome evaluation study is to be submitted to SAMHSA in the Spring of 2000 for an October 1, 2000 start-up.

Patuxent Discharge Initiative - The Center will receive funding for one year to conduct a descriptive evaluation of a newly developed program for coordinating discharge planning for prisoners leaving Patuxent Institute to reside within Baltimore City.

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