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Project Team


Principal Investigator:
Christine Grella, Ph.D. (cgrella@mednet.ucla.edu)

Project Director:
Luz Rodriguez (luz@ucla.edu)

Funding Period


September 2012 to September 2015

Criminal Justice

Evaluation of the BREAC Project for Women Probationers Sub-contract with UCLA ISAP and HealthRight 360

This study is conducting both process and outcome evaluations of a project entitled, Breaking Recidivism by Engaging and Changing (BREAC), which is being implemented by HealthRight 360. The BREAC project aims to establish an innovative gender-responsive and trauma-informed services delivery system for women probationers in the Los Angeles County jail who are identified as having substance abuse problems.  The project is guided by the Woman Offenders Case Management Model (WOCMM), which is based on gender-responsive principles and theory and was developed specifically for women offenders under an initiative of the National Institute of Corrections.  Case management services begin during the in-custody phase, and continue through 90 days of residential treatment at a community facility as well as during aftercare, for up to 12 months following intake.  Following residential treatment, participants are given the option to step down into outpatient treatment and will continue to receive ongoing assistance with family-related services, transitional housing, vocational training, mental health services, and recovery support.  The evaluation study will determine the degree to which the case management model is successfully implemented and the outcomes of participants (N=96) across the various components of the integrated services delivery system.  In addition, staff competencies and organizational development with regard to implementing the model of gender-responsive and trauma-informed service delivery will be assessed.

Evaluation of the BREAC Project for Women Probationers was funded by HealthRight 360, contract 20130759, through SAMHSA grant No. TI023936, from September 2012 to September 2015.

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Project Team


Principal Investigator:
Christine E. Grella  (cgrella@mednet.ucla.edu)

Project Director:
Jerry Cartier, M.A.

Funding Period


July 2012 to June 2014 (with a contract extension to June 2015)

Evaluation of Illness Management & Recovery (IMR) Project at Substance Abuse Treatment Facility at Corcoran State Prison

This project conducted a formative evaluation of the Illness, Management and Recovery (IMR) Program at the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility in Corcoran State Prison. IMR is an evidence-based, behavioral self-management program for individuals with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.  The following methods were used: (1) participant case flow analysis of cumulative admissions (N = 241), treatment retention, and treatment referrals at parole; (2) annual surveys of treatment and custody staff who work on the IMR unit; (3) site visits that included interviews with staff and observations of IMR groups; (4) review of participant case files; and (5) analysis of program records.  The IMR Fidelity Scale was used to assess implementation of 13 core components and mixed-methods analyses were conducted with qualitative and quantitative data.  Findings were cross-checked across data sources within an integrative framework in order to validate common themes across the data sources.  Several barriers to program implementation were identified, including referral of inappropriate inmates to the program; differences in attitudes and perceptions between treatment and custody staff; and frequent staff turnover and lack of sustained training.  The evaluation also found strong support for implementation of several of the IMR program core components and associated staff competency, and observed a high level of participant engagement.  Study findings can be used to develop strategies to improve implementation of the IMR program within correctional settings.

Evaluation of Illness Management & Recovery (IMR) Project at SATF was funded by the State of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, contract 5600002110, from July 2012 to June 2014 (with a contract extension to June 2015).

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Project Team


Principal Investigator:
Nena Messina, Ph.D. (nmessina@ucla.edu)

Project Director:
Kira Jeter, M.P.H.

Funding Period


November 2012 through August 2015

Time for Change Foundation's Positive Futures

Time for Change Foundation’s Positive Futures program aims to provide community-based SUD treatment and re-entry services to 135 adult female ex-offenders in order to reduce their prevalence of alcohol and other drug use, homelessness, unemployment, and recidivism. The project seeks to create a collaborative of agencies to provide wrap-around services to clients; incorporate evidenced-based practices to address substance abuse and mental health issues, including trauma symptoms; and provide supportive services (i.e., mentoring, transportation, education, and job training).  UCLA ISAP is conducting both the process and outcome evaluation components of the project.

Time for Change Foundation’s Positive Futures was funded by SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, grant 1H79T1024020, from November 2012 through August 2015.

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