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Evaluating Alternative Aftercare Models for Ex-Offenders

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified June 2011 by DePaul University.
Recruitment status was  Recruiting
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First received: April 18, 2008
Last updated: June 24, 2011
Last verified: June 2011

The primary aim of this project is to study more closely the role played by post-release aftercare in the outcomes of criminal offenders who received in-prison substance abuse treatment. Prison-based therapeutic communities (TC) (Pelissier et al., 2001; Wexler, 1995) have demonstrated efficacy, especially when combined with post-release TC aftercare (Melnick et al., 2001). The aims of this project are important from a public health perspective as there may be treatment matching, case management, and financing factors that could be manipulated to enhance the cost-effectiveness of community-based substance abuse treatment for offenders leaving prison. It is possible that both TC and Oxford House(OH) aftercare modalities increase abstinence social support, self-efficacy, and employment, which mediate reductions in drug use, reincarceration, and health problems, but overall benefits are likely to be greater for TCs because they employ professional services and empirically based behavioral strategies. However, OHs might have advantages compared to more traditional post-incarceration modalities (e.g., low costs). Bringing scientific methods to the examination of TCs and the OH community-based recovery models for addiction might help to identify the "active ingredients" of these recovery settings.

Condition Intervention Phase
Usual Aftercare
Oxford House
Therapeutic Community
Other: Residential
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Factorial Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Caregiver)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Evaluating Alternative Aftercare Models for Ex-Offenders

Further study details as provided by DePaul University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Substance Use [ Time Frame: 2 years from baseline ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Criminal Recidivism [ Time Frame: 2 years from baseline ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
  • Health Status [ Time Frame: 2 years from baseline ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 300
Study Start Date: October 2007
Estimated Study Completion Date: July 2012
Estimated Primary Completion Date: July 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
No Intervention: 1
Usual Aftercare Condition
Experimental: 2
Oxford House Condition
Other: Residential
living in a democratic, resident-run setting
Other Name: Oxford House
Experimental: 3
Therapeutic Community Condition
Other: Residential
Professionally-run substance abuse recovery setting
Other Name: Safe Haven Therapeutic Community

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • have completed substance abuse treatment program, or attended 12-step program
  • willing to live in a democratic residential setting, and pay rent
  • Released from a prison or jail in the last 6 months

Exclusion Criteria:

  • current substance addict/abuser
  • have previously lived in an Oxford House
  • not planning to go back to their own home or home of a relative following treatment
  • sex offender, fire setter
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00664092

Contact: Leonard A Jason, Ph.D. 773-325-2018

United States, Illinois
DePaul University Recruiting
Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60614
Principal Investigator: Leonard A Jason, Ph.D.         
Sponsors and Collaborators
DePaul University
Principal Investigator: Leonard A Jason, Ph.D. DePaul University
Study Director: Dave Mueller, Ph.D. DePaul University
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Lenny Jason, Director, DePaul University Identifier: NCT00664092     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: LJ070306PSY-C1, 5R01DA019935-03
Study First Received: April 18, 2008
Last Updated: June 24, 2011
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by DePaul University:
Substance Abuse
Substance Abuse Recovery processed this record on November 25, 2014