Motivational Assessment Program to Initiate Treatment (MAPIT)
Substance abuse treatment in the criminal justice system can reduce drug use and related criminal behavior. Although drug and alcohol treatment are common mandates in criminal justice programs, only a minority of clients actually initiate treatment. This proposal will compare two intervention formats that target motivation to initiate and engage in treatment among a group of probationers who have drug or alcohol treatment conditions. Six hundred drug and alcohol offenders in two probation sites (Baltimore, MD and Dallas, TX) will be randomized to receive: 1) an in-person motivational interviewing session (MI), 2) a motivational computer program (MC), or 3) supervision intake and monitoring as usual (SAU). The MI condition will be structured along the lines of the "Check-Up" format which consists of an assessment and personalized feedback delivered in an MI style; the content of the MC condition will be drawn from previous literature on effective motivational computer programs. Both interventions will be delivered at the start of the probation process, with follow-up assessments at 2 and 6 months. Primary outcomes include engagement and participation in substance abuse treatment; secondary outcomes include drug and alcohol use, probation progress, criminal behavior, and HIV testing and care. This project will be the first to develop and test two interventions for encouraging criminal justice clients to follow through with treatment recommendations, with the goal of increasing treatment initiation, and reducing subsequent drug use and criminal behavior. It also contributes to ongoing partnerships with two large probation agencies—the Dallas County Supervision and Corrections Department and the Maryland Division of Parole and Probation.
Behavioral: Motivational Interviewing
Behavioral: Motivational Computer
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||In-Person VS. Computer Interventions for Increasing Probation Compliance|
- Treatment Progress [ Time Frame: 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]Treatment progress assesses initiation, engagement and retention at 2 and 6 months via telephone. In-person visits are assessed at baseline and during a 6 month visit.
- Drug and Alcohol Use [ Time Frame: 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]Drug and alcohol use is a secondary outcome measured at baseline and 6 months during an in-person interview. In addition, this outcome is measured at 2 via telephone.
- Probation Progress [ Time Frame: 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]Probation progress is measured at baseline and 6 months via in-person interview. In addition, this outcome is measured at 2 via a telephone interview.
- Criminal Behavior [ Time Frame: 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]Criminal Behavior is measured during in-person interviews at baseline and 6 months. In addition, this outcome is measured at 2 months via telephone.
|Study Start Date:||June 2012|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||February 2016|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||August 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Experimental: Motivational Interviewing
Participants randomized to the MI group will receive a single 60-minute MI session focused on motivation to initiate and engage in treatment. The MI session will be organized around the "Check-Up" format, with additional planning components as desired by the client.
Behavioral: Motivational Interviewing
MI is a "client centered, directive style of interacting with a person to help explore and resolve ambivalence about change" (Miller & Rollnick, 2002). MI borrows from Client-Centered Counseling in its emphasis on empathy, optimism, and respect for client choice (Rogers, 1961). MI also draws from Self-Perception Theory, which says that a person becomes more or less committed to an action based on the verbal stance he or she takes (Bem, 1972). The effects of MI tend to be in the small-to-medium range when compared to no treatment, and nonsignificant when compared to more extensive treatment.
Other Name: Motivational Enhancement Therapy
No Intervention: Supervision As Usual
Participants randomized to the SAU group will receive the standard agency intake process as well as baseline and follow-up research interviews, but will not receive any additional intervention as part of the study. They will be referred to a treatment program as per the normal routine.
Experimental: Motivational Computer
Participants randomized to the MC group will complete a 60 minute computer intervention focused on motivation to initiate and engage in treatment. The program will be self-guided, interactive, and to the extent possible, will mirror the features of MI session. The MC program will have two main components: a motivation component and a planning component.
Behavioral: Motivational Computer
The growing use of technology has led to the development of automated interventions for behavior change, including some that target drug and alcohol use (Elliott, et al, 2008; Lustria, et al, 2009; Revere & Dunbar, 2001; Walters, et al, 2006) and treatment interest (Lieberman & Massey, 2008). As discussed by Hester & Miller (2006), automated interventions have several potential advantages over face-to-face interventions: (I) They require little or no staff contact, which may increase cost-effectiveness; (2) they can allow for automatic data collection and follow-up; and (3) they can be disseminated with little loss of fidelity.
Other Name: Web-Based Interventions
- Develop two intervention formats (Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Motivational Computer (MC)) for increasing motivation to initiate and engage in substance abuse treatment and/or HIV / AIDS testing and, if appropriate, HIV care.
- Test the efficacy of MI and MC on treatment initiation and participation, substance abuse, HIV testing/care, and recidivism, as compared to Supervision As Usual (SAU);
- Evaluate offender characteristics (e.g., risk level, gender, ethnicity, motivation) as potential moderators of the intervention effect; and,
- Assess the relative cost and cost-effectiveness of MI and MC on substance abuse treatment and/or linkage to or participation in HIV/AIDS care, supervision outcomes, recidivism, and substance abuse.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01891656
|Contact: Scott T Walters, PhDfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Contact: Mayra Rodriguez, MPHemail@example.com|
|United States, Texas|
|University of North Texas Health Science Center||Recruiting|
|Fort Worth, Texas, United States, 76107|
|Contact: Scott T Walters, PhD 817-735-2365 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Contact: Mayra Rodriguez, MPH 817-735-5108 email@example.com|
|Principal Investigator: Scott T Walters, PhD|
|United States, Virginia|
|George Mason University||Recruiting|
|Fairfax, Virginia, United States, 22030|
|Contact: Faye Taxman, PhD 703-993-8555 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Contact: Jennifer Lerch 703-993-4832 Jlerch@gmu.edu|
|Principal Investigator: Faye Taxman, PhD|
|Principal Investigator:||Scott T Walters, PhD||UNT Health Science Center|