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NCJ Number: 249996 Find in a Library
Title: Effects of an Organizational Linkage Intervention on Inter-Organizational Service Coordination Between Probation/Parole Agencies and Community Treatment Providers
Journal: Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research  Volume:43  Issue:1  Dated:January 2016  Pages:105-121
Author(s): W. N. Welsh; H. K. Knudsen
Date Published: January 2016
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Description; Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Since weak coordination between community correctional agencies and community-based treatment providers is a major barrier to diffusion of medication-assisted treatment (MAT)—the inclusion of medications (e.g., methadone and buprenorphine) in combination with traditional counseling and behavioral therapies to treat substance use disorders - the current study examined the effects of an organizational linkage intervention on inter-organizational service coordination between probation/parole agencies and community treatment providers.
Abstract: In a multi-site cluster randomized trial, experimental sites (j = 10) received a 3-h MAT training plus a 12-month linkage intervention; control sites (j = 10) received the 3-h training alone. Hierarchical linear models showed that the intervention resulted in significant improvements in perceptions of interagency coordination among treatment providers, but not probation/parole agents. Implications for policy and practice are discussed. (Publisher abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Corrections policies
Index Term(s): BJA grant-related documents; BJA Resources; Drug therapy; Drug treatment programs; Interagency cooperation; Methadone maintenance; Private sector-government cooperation; Probation or parole agencies; Probationer substance abuse
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