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NCJ Number: 249356 Find in a Library
Title: Building Bridges in New Jersey: Strengthening Interagency Collaboration for Offenders Receiving Drug Treatment
Journal: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology  Volume:Online First  Dated:2015
Author(s): Sami Abdel-Salam; Ashley Kilmer; Christy A. Visher
Date Published: 2015
Page Count: 0
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
Document: HTML
Type: Program/Project Description; Program/Project Evaluation; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes the experience and outcomes of the National Institute on Drug Abuse–funded Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Treatment Studies 2 Improving Best Practices in Assessment and Case Planning for Offenders protocol in New Jersey.
Abstract: The protocol was designed to test the effectiveness of an Organizational Process Improvement Intervention in improving four assessment and case-planning domains for drug-involved offenders in correctional settings by transferring them to community treatment-based agencies. This article describes the protocol and the change team model process through which correctional and community agency staff collaborated to improve assessment and case planning for offenders with substance abuse problems. The primary goal of these collaborative efforts was to link information across stages of the treatment continuum to improve service coordination. Data taken from qualitative interviews with agency participants are used to illustrate the common themes that emerged relating to the intervention process, barriers to implementing developed goals, and facilitative factors that contributed to successes. The study findings indicate that organizational process improvement strategies can be implemented within a correctional setting to reduce inter-organizational barriers and to facilitate improvements in the continuum of care in the treatment of offenders with histories of substance abuse. (Publisher abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Corrections policies
Index Term(s): BJA Grant-related Documents; BJA Resources; Community Corrections; Drug offenders; Drug treatment; Drug treatment programs; Inmate drug treatment; Interagency cooperation; New Jersey
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