Overview and Inventory of HHS Efforts to Assist Incarcerated and Reentering Individuals and their Families . Research to Provide Alcohol Treatment to Released Prisoners


Type of Activity: Research

Funding Mechanism: Grants

Total Available Funding: N/A

Number of Awards: 2

Amount (current year): about $225,000

Length of Project PeriodVaries

SummaryThe National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) currently has a small investment in research involving incarcerated individuals reentering society. One study using telemedicine technology focuses on access to alcohol services for rural offenders reentering the community. This study is part of a larger effort to support research that examines: health and social services and the service delivery system within treatment settings; processes for identifying and implementing empirically supported and sustainable intervention strategies; and programmatic and systemic policies that promote effective intervention and supportive services in real world settings where patients and their families are found. Another study is recruiting HIV positive prisoners who are being released to assess the effectiveness of a pharmacotherapy for alcohol dependence both on drinking behavior and on adherence to HIV treatment. This study fits into NIAAA’s efforts to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS in a variety of populations and to determine which medications for alcohol dependence are most effective for certain individuals in specific settings.

Background: Alcohol dependence and harmful drinking are over-represented in the prison population. In this population, as in the population at large, the majority of individuals who could benefit from treatment for alcohol problems do not receive it. Efforts to expand accessible and affordable treatment in general also include research to understand what is most effective for prisoners and those re-entering society after incarceration.


Principle Investigator Location Title
Current Grantees:
Michele Tindall University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY
Reentry Alcohol Services for Rural Offenders
Sandra Springer Yale University Department of Medicine
New Haven, CT
Alcohol Pharmacotherapies Among Released Prisoners

Locations 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.

Patricia Powell, Ph.D.
Office of Science Policy, NIH
Phone: (301) 443-5106
Email: Patricia.Powell@nih.gov

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