Improving the Impact of Mental Health Courts

The purpose of this three-year feasibility study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health is to adapt and pilot test dual diagnosis motivational interviewing for local mental health court participants who have co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders.

North Carolina Probation/Parole Officer Workload Study

Funded by the North Carolina Department of Correction, a multidisciplinary team representing the fields of social work, criminology and sociology from the School of Social Work and the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) is conducting a mixed-methods study of probation/parole officer workload issues in North Carolina.

Qualitative Study of Assertive Community Treatment

This study is being done in response to a recommendation made in the feasibility study conducted at the Sheps Center last year to determine if sufficient data and agency cooperation existed for a full-scale evaluation of the 10 Assertive Care Treatment teams.

Transitions from Assertive Community Treatment to Less Intensive Services

This study will use both quantitative and qualitative research methods and administrative data from a large mental health provider in Cincinnati, Ohio, in order to examine and compare the experiences of 237 ACT consumers who were transitioned to less intensive services and 672 ACT consumers who were never transitioned to less intensive services.

Medicaid Benefits and Patterns of Re-Arrest for Mentally Ill Patients in Jail

With funding from the National Institute of Justice, administrative data from two large urban counties were examined to assess the extent to which Medicaid benefits lead to service receipt and the extent to which receipt of services serves as a deterrent to subsequent jail incarcerations in a one-year post-release interval for persons with severe mental illness.