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New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University

The New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI)/Columbia University Hub is studying strategies to implement New York’s new opioid court model (OCM) in ten counties across the state. New York’s OCM was developed by the Unified Court System and provides practice guidelines for drug courts to reduce overdose, decrease recidivism, and improve service delivery and linkages to medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) for justice-involved individuals across the state. The goal of the study is to develop, evaluate, and refine implementation strategies to support the OCM practice guidelines to be scaled up across New York.

Study Aims

Determine the implementation strategies that best facilitate scale-up of the new OCM

Identify factors that facilitate/impede practice change

Determine the effectiveness of the new opioid court model through the use of state administrative data to measure public health and public safety outcomes

Estimate the cost effectiveness of the model

Study Sites

Study Settings

Drug Courts (10)

Principal Investigators

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Katharine Elkington

PhD, New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University

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Milton Wainberg

MD, New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University

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Edward Nunes

MD, New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University

Health Agency Partner

  • Steven Hanson, MEd, New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports

Justice Agency Partner

  • Dennis Reilly, JD, State of New York Unified Court System