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 intervention court model (OIC) in ten counties across the state. New York’s OIC was developed by the Unified Court System and provides practice guidelines for opioid intervention 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 OIC 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

New York

Study Settings

Opioid courts (10)

Principal Investigators

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Katherine 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

  • Rabiah Gaynor, MS, Associate Commissioner – Criminal Justice, NYS Office of Addiction Services and Supports

Justice Agency Partners

  • Dennis Reilly, JD, State of New York Unified Court System
  • Susan McCafferty, MA, MPA, Statewide Opioid Court Project Director, Division of Policy and Planning, New York State Unified Court System, New York, New York