MHLP Research Associate Professor to Evaluate Drug Court
Kathleen Moore, PhD, received notification that she was awarded a three-year $150,000 contract to evaluate the Hillsborough County Marchman Act Drug Court as part of a SAMHSA grant received by the 13th Judicial Circuit Court of Hillsborough County. Collaborative treatment partners involved in this initiative include DACCO and Phoenix House. Dr. Moore, along with Research Assistant Melissa Barongi, will conduct a comprehensive mixed method evaluation of the Pinellas County Adult Drug Court focusing on both process measures and project outcomes. The process evaluation will consist of three primary activities: (1) interviews to examine the effectiveness of different components of the Marchman Act drug court program; (2) observation of drug court and treatment activities to examine fidelity, quality, and comprehensiveness of various program services, and identify potential areas for improvement; and (3) review of key program materials and records, including clinical and supervision records, status hearing reports, and written materials describing the drug court program. The outcome evaluation will consist of client interviews and examine the extent to which involvement in the Marchman Act drug court reduces substance use, as well as key outcome measures (i.e., mental health symptomatology, trauma symptoms, and quality of life).