Cheshire County Adult Drug Court Evaluation





United States

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The County of Cheshire, New Hampshire, was expanding the substance use disorder treatment capacity in their Superior Court through the development of the Cheshire County Adult Drug Court Program (CCDC). With funding from SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, the CCDC wanted to 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, which is still in operation in 2021, is to positively impact the lives of those committing non-violent felony offenses because of substance use disorder issues. This goal has been met through the development of a collaborative drug court team that provides 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 individual treatment and supervision the needs of 51 participants.

JSI provided evaluation services for the CCDC for three years to fulfill the reporting requirements 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 were 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 assessment tools.

JSI provided grant-specific evaluation technical assistance, training, data management and data entry into the SAMHSA/CSAT Services Accountability Improvement System (SAIS) within CSATs designated timeframes. Specific deliverables included 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 were collected upon graduation or discharge from CCDC.

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