Cheshire County Adult Drug Court Evaluation

Dates: 2015-2016

State: New Hampshire

Client(s): SAMHSA - CSAT

Service: Applied Research & Evaluation

Technical Expertise: Substance Use


The County of Cheshire, New Hampshire, is expanding the substance use disorder treatment capacity in their Superior Court through the development of the Cheshire County Drug Court Program (CCDC). With funding from SAMHSA CSAT, the CCDC will increase assessment, treatment, and recovery services being offered by the Phoenix House Keene Center and Southwestern Community Services to high-risk/high-need adult offenders in a post-adjudication model.

The primary goal of CCDC is to positively impact the lives of those committing non-violent felony offenses because of substance use disorder issues. This goal will be met through the development of a collaborative drug court team that will provide the rigorous structure needed for successful drug court participation, as well as through the expansion of evidence-based treatment and recovery services available to meet the needs of at least 129 participants being served (43 participants enrolled each program year).

JSI will provide evaluation services for the CCDC to fulfill the three reporting needs of the program: 1) Reporting of performance measures to CSAT; 2) Use of clinical tools for assessment and delivery of client services, and 3) Ongoing monitoring of program activities and outcome evaluation. Participants will be assessed for criminogenic risk with the use of the Ohio Risk Assessment System (ORAS) and screened and assessed for treatment needs with the Global Appraisal of Individual Needs Initial (GAIN-I), which are both evidence-based tools.

JSI will provide grant-specific evaluation technical assistance or training, data management and data entry into the SAMHSA/CSAT Services Accountability Improvement System (SAIS) within CSATs designated timeframes. Specific deliverables include the development of: Program-specific data collection and data management protocol (evaluation plan); weekly activity log database to record details about individual participant dosage, urine screens, sanctions, incentives and general progress through the treatment drug court program; Participant feedback survey to be collected upon graduation or discharge from CCDC.