Organizational Linkage + Peer Support in Community Corrections (039)


Study Information

Rates of substance use and dependence for those on probation and parole are two to three times higher than the general population.

The Brown University JCOIN Research Center is rigorously testing a systems-change approach for increasing the use of medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) in seven community supervision sites in Rhode Island, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. The study uses facilitated local change teams consisting of justice and community service providers to develop and implement interorganizational linkage strategies.

In a second stage, individuals under community supervision will be randomly assigned to receive assistance from peer support specialists vs. no peer support. The aims of the study are to test the independent and combined effects of organizational and client-level linkage strategies on outcomes including linkage to opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment, retention, satisfaction, opioid use, opioid overdoses, recidivism, and utilization of recovery services.

Study Settings: Community Corrections, Treatment/Healthcare Settings

Study Locations: North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island


Grant number:  U01DA050442

Link to NIH Reporter record:

Study Team

PI: Damaris Rohsenow, Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, Rosemarie Martin, PhD

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Study Aims

• Improve service coordination between community corrections agencies and community-based treatment programs

• Assist agencies in designing local solutions to support justice-involved individuals with OUD

• Measure MOUD engagement, retention, and treatment satisfaction

• Determine whether client-level outcomes are further enhanced by the use of peer support specialists

Research Type

Clinical Trial, Linkage Strategies