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ACE! conducts collaborative and creative research on funded projects that aim to improve outcomes in public health, adult and juvenile corrections, and organizational/systems change. Our project address actual interventions, as well as issues of access to care, utilization enhancers, and implementation.

Listed below are some earlier studies that were conducted by Faye Taxman and other members of the ACE! team.
 
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DC-RISES

 

The goal of this research is to better understand the process that offenders with mental illnesses go through when returning to the DC area from federal prisons. The private, non-profit organization University Legal Services (located in DC) has contracted ACE! to evaluate the SOAR (SSI/SSDI Outreach Access and Recovery) training process as it takes place in local federal facilities. The purpose of the training is to help case workers to better navigate the SSI/SSDI application process and ultimately get returning citizens their federal assistance as soon as they leave custody or as close to that date as possible.

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JSTEPS – Using Rewards in Justice Treatment Programs: Technology & Contingency Management

This NIDA-funded research project examines the implementation of Contingency Management with probation clients in five federal districts. Learn more.
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Healing Communities

 

The Healing Communities Initiative is a national program funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and managed by the Philadelphia Leadership Foundation. This research project has been designed to help understand congregation members’ perceptions on forgiveness, the criminal justice system, and offenders returning to the community. The purpose of this faith-based initiative is to empower congregations to build community understanding and awareness around the challenges facing individuals and families who have incarcerated loved ones returning home. Healing Communities positions faith institutions to serve as resources for transforming neighborhoods into places where family and social support is available to people affected by crime and incarceration.

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Technology Transfer in Juvenile Justice: Juvenile Assessment and Referral Services in the Juvenile Justice System (JARPP)

The purpose of this study, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, is to assess the impact of three different training and staff development protocols on the utilization of assessment, treatment planning, and service case management procedures by line staff at Maryland’s Department of Juvenile Services.

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What Works in Residential Reentry

This study, through a cooperative agreement with the International Community Corrections Association, focused on residential re-entry centers (RRCs) contracted by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. There are 250 Residential Reentry Center contractors who are responsible for nearly 24,000 federal offenders each year. In this study, the experiences of 9 RRC sites and nearly 40,000 individual case histories were examined with the goal of providing details concerning the services and performance of the RRCs. The results of this project are reported in seven different monographs as well as an executive overview.

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Manualized Treatment

Manualized Treatment in a Seamless System of Care, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, is a randomized block experiment to test the effectiveness of different models of the seamless criminal justice/treatment system and traditional criminal justice supervision on reducing recidivism and drug use, and improving social adjustment among offenders. Learn more.

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Information Sharing Policies and Practices for Correctional Health (with Allison Cuellar, Ph.D., Health Services & Policy Analysis)

With this project, funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, ACE! aims to disseminate models that improve the use of seamless systems of care. The study will provide easy to access correctional health care information, conduct a gap analysis of continuum of care models, and provide a prototype of correctional health financing and caring models for to elderly, chronically ill, mentally ill, or substance abusing offenders. Learn more.
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This demonstration project will study the network of HIV service providers supported by Patient Navigators utilizing Motivational Interviewing (MI) to engage, retain and support ongoing engagement of HIV-positive women in HIV care.
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Action Research to Advance Drug Treatment in the Criminal Justice System

Dr. Faye Taxman served as Principal Investigator on this project sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. This was a six-year project from October 1, 2002-August 30, 2008. As the national coordinating center for the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s research network on treatment for the criminal justice-involved addict, the cooperative involves eight other centers: the University of Miami (Howard Liddle, Ph.D.), University of California, Los Angeles (Michael Prendergast, Ph.D.), Brown University (Peter Friedmann, M.D.), University of Delaware (James Inciardi, Ph.D.), Texas Christian University (Kevin Knight, Ph.D.), National Research Institute and Development (Harry Wexler, Ph.D., Stan Sacks, Ph.D., and Nancy Jainchill, Ph.D.), and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services/University of Connecticut (Linda Frisman, Ph.D.). This network is involved in implementing studies to develop new instruments for better management and treatment of the offender population, to implement clinical trials to test new strategies and interventions for improving outcomes from offenders, and to implement process studies to examine how criminal justice policy makers and practitioners affect offender and system outcomes. The network is also responsible for mentoring new students and faculty in criminal justice-drug treatment issues. Related studies are:

CJ-DATS National Survey of Criminal Justice Treatment Practices. This is a multi-level survey of senior executives, administrators, program directors, and staff in correctional and drug treatment organizations. The survey involves a census of all 50 states and a nationally representative sample of counties/cities. The survey is designed to provide a systematic assessment of the availability and types of treatment provided to substance-abusing offenders throughout the criminal justice system. Surveys were collected from over 1,000 organizations on treatment and organizational issues.

CJ-DATS Step’N Out. This randomized trial is implemented in a Probation and Parole Office in Richmond, VA along with three other CJ-DATS sites. The study involves the use of positive reinforcements and contingency management protocol to engage the offender in treatment services and improve outcomes. The protocol is a collaborative behavioral management approach to parole and substance abuse treatment where the parole officer, treatment counselor and client meet to work out a contract of graduated incentives and sanctions.

HIV Prevention for Reentry Offenders. This randomized trial is implemented in two prisons in Virginia. The study examines the efficacy of a DVD focused on gender and culturally sensitive behavioral techniques to learn to manage risky behaviors. The protocol will be implemented in four CJ-DATS sites.

  Understanding Spirituality in Community Programming

Dr. Faye Taxman served as Principal Investigator on this project (with Meridith Thanner, University of Maryland), funded by the Department of Health and Human Services to evaluate the role and effectiveness of including a faith-based component in substance abuse treatment programming. This study was from January 2003-June 2004.
  Drug Courts in Maine: A Test of Effectiveness

Dr. Faye Taxman served as Co-Principal Investigator (with Donald Anspach, University of Southern Maine) on this project, sponsored by the Maine Alcohol and Drug Agency. The grant examines the treatment provided in drug courts in Maine and the impact on offender outcomes. The project was from January 1, 2002-December 30, 2004.
  Treatment in the Drug Court

Dr. Faye Taxman served as Co-Principal Investigator (with Donald Anspach, University of Southern Maine) on this project, sponsored by the National Institute of Justice. This naturalistic study reviewed the composition of drug courts in four areas. The study was from October 1, 2000-December 2002.
  ADAM-Washington, DC

Dr. Faye Taxman served as Principal Investigator on this project as well as a, subcontractor for ABT Associates. This was a grant to conduct drug testing and interviews at booking in Washington, DC. This project ran from January 1998-November 1999.
  Evaluation of Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Services in Five Jails in Virginia

Dr. Faye Taxman served as Principal Investigator on this project funded by the National Institute of Justice. The project was a grant from October 1997-January 1999 to conduct a process evaluation of a residential treatment programs.
  Therapeutic Milieu: Treatment and Continuum Issues

Dr. Faye Taxman served as Principal Investigator on this project, which was sponsored by the National Institute of Justice. The project was a grant from March 1997-September 1999 to conduct a process evaluation of a residential treatment program in a Maryland prison.
  Evaluation of the HIDTA Seamless System: A Multi-Center Approach

Dr. Faye Taxman served as Principal Investigator on this project funded by the National Institute of Justice. The project was a grant from January 1997-March 2003 to conduct a randomized experiment in eight sites in the HIDTA project.
  Jail Addiction Services (JAS)

Dr. Faye Taxman served as Principal Investigator on this project sponsored by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) and the Governor's Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission. This project, which was an evaluation of the effectiveness of substance abuse treatment in a jail setting in Montgomery County, Maryland, was funded by the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services from October 1993-May 1996.
nic Evaluations of Prison Culture

Dr. Faye Taxman served as Principal Investigator (with James M. Byrne) on this project, sponsored by the National Institute of Corrections. This was a cooperative agreement from October 1, 2003-September 30, 2006. The study evaluates four different organizational strategies to change the culture of problem-prisons.
  Developing Reassessment Tools for Probation and Parole

Dr. Faye Taxman served as Principal Investigator on this project, funded by the Maryland Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention. This project was from October 1, 2003-February, 2005. This project developed a reassessment protocol for probation and parole agencies in Maryland.
  Action Research for Reentry Partnership Initiatives

Dr. Faye Taxman served as Principal Investigator on this project, funded by the National Institute of Justice. This project ran from October 1, 2000-March 30, 2002. The study conducted a process evaluation of eight new reentry programs.
  Using Motivational Interviewing in Supervision

Dr. Faye Taxman served as Principal Investigator on this project, sponsored by the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. This was an emphasis on examining the use of motivational interviewing in the supervision system. This project ran from March 2000-March 2002.
nida Evaluation of the Seamless System for Offenders

Dr. Faye Taxman served as Principal Investigator on this project, sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. This five-year study examines the costs and benefits of a systemic case management structure and the traditional supervision for offender populations. This project ran from January 1, 1999-December 30, 2003.
  Implementing Adult Correctional Programs

Dr. Faye Taxman served as Principal Investigator on this project, funded by the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention and Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. This project was from September 1, 1999-August 30, 2004.
  Systematic Case Management Practices in Maryland

Dr. Faye Taxman served as Principal Investigator on this project, sponsored by the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration. This seven-year project was to implement systemic case management practices using technology in agencies interacting with drug treatment services. This project ran from July 1, 1999-June 30, 2006.
  Continuation of Technical Assistance for Pretrial Processing in Baltimore City, Maryland

Dr. Faye Taxman served as Principle Investigator on this project, sponsored by the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services in the state of Maryland. This project was a grant to understand the pretrial processes and develop a pretrial risk-screening instrument. This project ran from July 1, 1998-June 30, 2001.
  Evaluation of Break the Cycle Process and Outmode Evaluation for the First 7 Sites

Dr. Faye Taxman served as Principle Investigator on this project, funded by the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. This project was a grant to conduct a process and outcome study for seven sites in Maryland implementing Break the Cycle (systemic case management approach). The project was a five-year project from September 1998-August 2003.
  Understanding Supervision in the District of Columbia

Dr. Faye Taxman served as Principle Investigator on this project, sponsored by the Offender Supervision Agency of the U.S. Department of Justice (District Government). This project was a grant to examine the performance of the supervision system in the District of Columbia in 1996 and 1997.
  Treatment in the Washington-Baltimore HIDTA project

Dr. Faye Taxman served as Principle Investigator on this project, sponsored by the Office of National Drug Control Policy of the Office of the President of the U.S. This project involved demonstrating a systemic case management approach for treating hard-core offenders consisting of two levels of treatment (e.g., continuum of care), testing, enhanced supervision, and sanctions. Twelve jurisdictions in the Washington Baltimore region participated in the project. The grant provided for a process evaluation of the 12 sites and a randomized experiment in eight sites. This project ran from January 1994-June 1999.
  Evaluation of a Quality Case Review Process in Baltimore City, Maryland Criminal Justice System

Dr. Faye Taxman served as Principle Investigator on this project, funded by the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. The project analyzed pretrial processing in Baltimore City, Maryland. The goal was to implement an experimental design to assess the improvements in case processing procedures and pretrial detention based upon changes in policy and procedures. This project ran from September 1994-June 1998.
  Project Force

Dr. Faye Taxman served as Evaluator on this project that assessed a prevention program for juveniles. The evaluation examined the attitude changes of participants in the program. The grant was from the Maryland Governor’s Office of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission from September 1990-August 1992.
 

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