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CARA

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1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Current Projects

            1. New Mexico Classification Project - This project will develop a classification scoring tool designed to improve the safety and  security of correctional facilities in New Mexico by effectively placing and managing inmates in the custody of the New Mexico Corrections Department.
            2. The University of New Mexico Postbaccalaureate Research and Education Program and Flybase - is a biomedical research training program focused upon minorities and socio-economically under-represented individuals who plan to enter a PhD program. We conduct annual assessments of the program through the application of pre and post surveys, and post interviews.
            3. The Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) St. Joseph's Catholic (SJC) Longitudinal Study - is a randomized control trial designed to determine the short-term and long-term impact and effectiveness of the CHI SJC Home Visiting program model. The study examines and compares outcomes between families receiving home visiting services and families in a control group. This is a longitudinal study following children through High School graduation or 19 years of age.
            4. Bernalillo County Department of Substance Abuse Programs (DSAP) Implementation ResearchThis study involves surveys and/or interviews of administrators and staff of the various Bernalillo County Department of Substance Abuse Programs (DSAP) programs and administrators and staff of contracted programs to better understand adherence to best practice models of alternative sentencing, prevention, and treatment. The study will be completed in four phases. The completion of each phase is important in helping us better understand how well the practices of the DSAP programs and DSAP funded programs are implemented; serve clients in need, and how the implementation of the various programs improves client outcomes. Collectively the completion of the four phases tells us more than any phase by itself.
            5. Bernalillo County Public Safety program – The Institute manages, analyzes, and reports on data for the County, including data from the Metropolitan Detention Center, the Second Judicial District Court (SJDC), and Metropolitan Court. Projects include items such as tracking and reporting on the jail population, bookings, releases, length of stay, and other population details. Additionally, the Institute reports on a series of jail managements initiatives and works on a variety of ad hoc report as needed.
            6. CASAA MATS study – This two-year study is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and focuses on the economic impact of Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) in incarcerated populations and to improve and further develop empirical techniques used to evaluate these types of programs. To do this, we will utilize data from the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) program. This study builds on a prior program evaluation that found the continuation of MMT among opiate dependent inmates was associated with a significantly lower probability of re-incarceration.
            7. Behavioral Health Initiative (BHI) - ISR is providing evaluation and analytic services to Bernalillo County in support of the BHI. The services provided are documenting the development of the BHI and the four sub-committees of the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Governing Commission (ABCGC). The ISR is providing technical assistance to the County in the form of: 
            • Data analyses relevant to decision making on proposed programs.
            • Expertise on prior studies of effectiveness or cost-benefit of proposed programs
            • Advice on programmatic best practices
            • Advice on program design
            • Advice on data collection protocols and data collection systems; and
            • Other requested assistance with regard to programs implemented as part of the BHI.
The BHI represents a signficant step forward in local efforts towards addressing and preventing mental health, substance abuse, addiction, and homelessness crisis in the metro area and the middle Rio Grande region of New Mexico.