Offender Reentry Program (ORP) Evaluations

EMT partnered with two different private non-profit agencies to evaluate their SAMHSA-funded ORP programs. For each program, EMT collaboratively developed a logic model with program staff. Key activities and outcomes were then identified and a feasible measurement strategy was implemented. One ORP program provided services to women recently released from prison. The other ORP program served Latino youth ages 14 to 18 years old. Each evaluation examined implementation and fidelity to the evidence based practices [Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA) and the Assertive Continuing Care (ACC) for the youth and Trauma Recovery and Empowerment (TREM) for the women]. Both programs tracked changes in outcomes at multiple time points using the Global Appraisal of Individual Needs (GAIN) and National Outcomes Measures (NOMs) instruments, administered at intake, 3, 6, and 12 month follow-ups. An EMT research assistant was onsite at each program to coordinate all data collection activities with project staff. EMT shared fidelity and outcome data with project staff in multiple formats including monthly one-page flyers, quarterly presentations, and biannual reports and presentations. Staff input was gathered on a regular basis to structure presentation of data and data analyses. Outcome data presentations emphasized behavioral, mental health, substance use, and criminal justice indicators from GAIN.

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