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NCJ Number: 188512 Find in a Library
Title: Assessing Therapeutic Integrity in Modified-Therapeutic Communities for Drug-Involved Offenders
Series: NIJ Research Report
Author(s): Faye S. Taxman; Jeffrey A. Bouffard
Date Published: 2001
Page Count: 35
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
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Grant Number: 98-RT-VX-K001
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
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United States of America

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Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study assessed therapeutic integrity in modified-therapeutic communities for drug-involved offenders.
Abstract: Many recent evaluations had suggested that Therapeutic Community (TC) programs, particularly those followed by aftercare treatment, could be effective in reducing drug use and recidivism. Despite the successes of the well-established programs, there was a need to examine the implementation (therapeutic integrity) of many newer programs labeled therapeutic communities. This paper describes a combined evaluation methodology (observations, interviews, and official data collection) developed to assess implementation of specific services offered during the residential component of six recently opened TC programs housed in short-term jail settings. The paper presents pilot data gathered with the combination of techniques, in order to outline areas for future research related to in-prison treatment services. The paper also discussed the benefits of using a systematic social observation technique in evaluating offender treatment programs. The paper observes that more attention must be paid to the match between the approaches to residential and aftercare services. The lack of coordination between residential and aftercare service providers contributes to the difficulty in offering a seamless program of care for prison-based drug treatment clients released to the community. Notes, tables, references
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Controlled Substances; Drug treatment; Drug treatment programs; Inmate drug treatment; NIJ grant-related documents; Post-release programs; Treatment effectiveness; Treatment techniques; Treatment/Therapeutic Community
Note: This paper is to be published in the Prison Journal, December 2001.
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