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Assessing Supported Employment With Veterans With Felony Convictions and Mental Illness or Substance Abuse

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
North Texas Veterans Healthcare System
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
VA Office of Research and Development
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01629953
First received: June 26, 2012
Last updated: June 1, 2017
Last verified: June 2017
  Purpose
This study continues to develop and refine best practices in the delivery of vocational services to veterans with histories of felony convictions and mental health/substance abuse difficulties. There are currently over 225,000 incarcerated veterans and it is estimated 64,000 veterans are released from prisons annually. These veterans encounter significant difficulties in finding employment due to stigma, intrapersonal difficulties, and out-dated work skills. Additionally these veterans are more likely to be homeless than other population., Previous work has found that manual based, vocational groups led by trained vocational staff led to quicker employment compared to traditional vocational services and manual based self studies. To attempt to improve on previous results, this study adds principles and components of supported employment including ongoing follow-up, treatment team coordination, and community based assistance.

Condition Intervention
Employment Other: Group vocational intervention Other: Supported Employment Condition

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: No masking
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Assessing Supported Employment With Veterans With Felony Convictions and MI or SA

Further study details as provided by VA Office of Research and Development:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Employment [ Time Frame: within 6 months ]
    Number of veterans finding work within 6 months

  • Total Employment [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
    Total amount employed over 2 year follow-up period


Estimated Enrollment: 196
Actual Study Start Date: October 31, 2011
Estimated Study Completion Date: November 30, 2018
Primary Completion Date: October 31, 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Group Based Vocational Rehabilitation
Group vocational intervention
Other: Group vocational intervention
Group based manualized vocational rehabilitation
Experimental: Supported Employment Condition
Group vocational intervention + supported employment
Other: Supported Employment Condition
Veterans in this condition will receive a proven group based manualized vocational rehabilitation intervention

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • history of at least one felony conviction
  • diagnosis of a mental illness including substance use disorders

Exclusion Criteria:

  • dementia
  • active psychosis
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01629953

Locations
United States, Texas
VA North Texas Health Care System Dallas VA Medical Center, Dallas, TX
Dallas, Texas, United States, 75216
Sponsors and Collaborators
VA Office of Research and Development
North Texas Veterans Healthcare System
Investigators
Principal Investigator: James P. LePage, PhD VA North Texas Health Care System Dallas VA Medical Center, Dallas, TX
  More Information

Responsible Party: VA Office of Research and Development
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01629953     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: D7635-R
Study First Received: June 26, 2012
Last Updated: June 1, 2017
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: Undecided

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on August 16, 2017