Family-Based Prisoner Substance Abuse Treatment

Dates: 2010-2013

State: New Hampshire

Client(s): New Hampshire Department of Justice

Service: Applied Research & Evaluation

Technical Expertise: Behavioral Health, Population Health, Substance Use


According to the National Council for State Governments, 85% of incarcerated individuals in the United States have substance use/addiction disorders. In New Hampshire, it is estimated that 80% of incarcerated women have children. It is also recognized that only 10% of those with substance use/addiction disorders in New Hampshire receive any treatment. To address this disparity, the New Hampshire Department of Justice, along with its community-based partners, has designed a Family-Based Prisoner Substance Abuse Treatment program wherein incarcerated women who have children are given access to evidence-based programming and services 6-month prior to their release. These services are designed to reduce recidivism, increase public safety, and to unify families who are involved with the criminal justice system.

JSI was contracted by the NH Department of Justice to develop an evaluation plan and data management systems for the Family-Based Prisoner Substance Abuse Treatment Program. JSI developed a Utilization-Focus Evaluation Plan to meet reporting requirements and the program monitoring and evaluation needs of end users. Once these systems were in place, the focus shifted toward building capacity around using data for outcome evaluation. Deliverables beyond the development of the data tools and systems included an annual evaluation summary as well as interim reports as needed for program monitoring and grantee compliance.