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Dr. Kathleen Moore to Receive Three Year Award to Evaluate the Hillsborough County Veteran Treatment Court

Hillsborough County’s 13th Judicial Circuit Court received a SAMHSA drug court award of $972,300 for three years in partnership with the Drug Abuse Comprehensive Coordinating Office (DACCO), the James A. Haley Veteran’s Hospital, and the University of South Florida's Dept. of Mental Health Law and Policy. The new enhancement focuses specifically on Veteran’s Treatment Court clients (males and females) who have substance abuse dependence requiring placement in residential treatment services, and who may have post-traumatic stress or another mental health disorder. This project will provide a multi-system approach to extend residential, intensive outpatient, outpatient, and recovery support services using evidence-based practices to 120 clients (40 per year over the grant period). The population of focus is in need of substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, related recovery services, and wraparound services including veteran mentors to break the cycle of criminal behavior, alcohol and/or drug use, and incarceration or other penalties.

Dr. Kathleen Moore will oversee the evaluation component of the grant that will focus on both process measures and program outcomes and will include collection of both qualitative and quantitative data. The process evaluation will assist the Court to meet its goals and objectives of assessing the effectiveness of program implementation and to provide recommendations for improving key program functions and activities such as screening and assessment, treatment services, and use of sanctions and incentives. The outcome evaluation will assist in determining the program’s effectiveness in influencing recidivism, use of jail time, substance abuse and mental health outcomes, and employment among offenders.