Research on reentry programs for those with serious mental illness (SMI) leaving jails or prisons has produced mixed results (Chandler &Spicer, 2006), including those for evidence-based treatments (EBT). These interventions occur in the complex nexus of the mental health and criminal justice systems and the effects of the intervention can be facilitated or constrained by the environment in which they operate (Solomon and Draine, 1995;Weisman, Lamberti, &Price, 2004;Smith, Jennings, Cimino, 2010). The goal of this training grant is to develop the knowledge and skills to explore how individual, interpersonal, and environmental factors interact with EBT for persons with SMI and contribute to poor outcomes for this population. Utilizing a multi-informant, multi-perspective framework, the environmental characteristics (policies, resources, or lack of resources) that keep individuals from seeking treatment, engaging with a support system, and returning to drug use;and potentially work to suppress the effects of the intervention will be identified. This information will be used to develop models testing how substance use, social support, and other environmental factors interact with an EBT utilized for persons with SMI leaving prison.

Public Health Relevance

An examination of environmental factors will identify practices and policies that may facilitate or impede community reentry from prison for persons with serious mental illness. Understanding how environmental factors interact with evidence-based treatments will guide efforts to decrease negative outcomes for persons with serious mental illness leaving prison and aid in the translation of evidence-based treatments in to complex risk environments.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Type
Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award (F31)
Project #
5F31MH093977-02
Application #
8408903
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZMH1-ERB-M (04))
Program Officer
Hill, Lauren D
Project Start
2012-01-01
Project End
2013-08-31
Budget Start
2013-01-01
Budget End
2013-08-31
Support Year
2
Fiscal Year
2013
Total Cost
$17,525
Indirect Cost
Name
University of Pennsylvania
Department
None
Type
Schools of Social Work
DUNS #
042250712
City
Philadelphia
State
PA
Country
United States
Zip Code
19104