Overview and Inventory of HHS Efforts to Assist Incarcerated and Reentering Individuals and their Families . Behavioral Therapies Development Program


Type of Activity: Research

Funding Mechanism: Grant

Total Available Funding: N/A

Number of Awards: 6

Average Award Amount (current year): $439,000

Length of Project Period: 5 years

Federal Partners: NIAAA/NIH

Summary: These grants are part of a broader research program on the behavioral (and combined behavioral and pharmacological) treatment of drug abuse and addiction and its consequences (i.e., HIV risk reduction). These specific grants are aimed at developing and testing behavioral therapies specifically for individuals who are part of the criminal justice system.

Background: More and better treatment is needed in the criminal justice system.It is estimated that about half of state and federal prisoners meet the criteria for drug abuse and dependence and yet fewer than 20 percent who need treatment receive it. Forced abstinence (when it occurs) during incarceration is not equivalent to treatment. Failure to receive needed treatment or access to services often leads to relapse and re-arrest, usually during the first 12 months after release. Moreover, criminal justice settings are important venues for providing drug abuse and HIV prevention services and for identifying and treating HIV and drug use disorders. The Behavioral Therapies Development Program was established in 1992 with the goal of comprehensively supporting the development of behavioral (and combined behavioral and pharmacological) treatments for drug abuse and addiction. In 2008, NIDA solicited research applications studying the Interaction of HIV, Drug Use, and the Criminal Justice System. Applications were required to include research projects for developing interventions or research on translating and disseminating effective interventions into criminal justice settings.

Principle Investigator Location Title
Current Grantees:
June Tangney George Mason University Fairfax, VA Jail-Based Treatment to Reduce Substance Abuse, Recidivism and Risky Behavior
Lyn Stein University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI Motivation and Skills for Detained Teen Smokers
Lyungai Filela Mbilinyi University of Washington Seattle, WA Motivating Substance Abusing Batterers to Seek Treatment
Jennifer Johnson Brown University Providence, RI Group IPT for Women Prisoners with Comorbid Substance Use and Depression
Lynda Stein University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI Motivation and Skills For THC/ETOH+ Teens in Jail
Marina Campbell Tolou-Shams   Lifespan Providence, RI HIV Prevention in the Family Drug Court
Elizabeth Letourneau Medical University of South Carolina Charleston, SC Targeting HIV Risk Behaviors in Juvenile Drug Court-Involved Youth
Frederick Altice Yale University New Haven, CT Intervention of HIV, Drug Use, and the Criminal Justice System in Malaysia

Location(s) of Projects: See above.

Evaluation Activities: Peer-reviewed publications to disseminate scientific data and findings; presentations of findings at scientific meetings.

Future Prospects: Future prospects dependent upon receiving highly meritorious investigator-initiated projects and funds available.


Susan Weiss, Ph.D.
Phone: (301) 443-6071
Email: susan.weiss@nih.gov

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