The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA

4090.0: Tuesday, November 12, 2002 - Board 6

Abstract #50761

Drug treatment for parole violators in Pennsylvania: Outcomes from an RSAT evaluation

Rachel Porter, Research Department, Vera Institute of Justice, 377 Broadway, New York, NY 10013, 212 334 1300,

This presentation will describe findings from process and outcome evaluations of Pennsylvania's two Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) programs, each targeting technical parole violators (TPVs) and each serving 60 TPVs with history of substance abuse. The RSAT program is a national effort to increase substance abuse treatment for criminal offenders. The Pennsylvania program is delivered in three phases: prison-based therapeutic community; outpatient and supervised living in a halfway house; and limited outpatient upon return to the community. The research was conducted in collaboration with the National Institute of Justice and the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. The research examines: (1) whether the RSAT programs match the unique needs of the TPV population; (2) how the models of treatment at the two RSAT sites differ in their services, retention, and long-term outcome; and (3) whether TPVs who participate in RSAT show lower rates of criminal recidivism than similar TPVs who do not participate in RSAT. The research used a quasi-experimental design and tracks rearrest among treatment and comparison subjects after return to the community to examine program efficacy. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of the policy implications of the research.

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Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

Improving Treatment Services to At-Risk Populations Poster Session

The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA