Maricopa County Drug Court Opiate Enhancement Project

The Maricopa County Drug Court Opiate Treatment Enhancement Program provides outpatient detox to opiate addicted drug court participants, physician-based resources, a full continuum of treatment services through Community Bridges, focused pain management treatment, and peer to peer services.

Funding:  A SAMHSA grant supports the project, Maricopa County Adult Probation contracts with Community Bridges, Inc. for treatment and recovery support services, and CABHP for training/technical assistance and evaluation services.

Partners:  Maricopa County Drug Court and Adult Probation Department, in collaboration with substance abuse treatment provider Community Bridges, Inc.

Program Description:  The Maricopa County Drug Court, operating since 1992, serves over 500 post adjudication felony clients, convicted of drug-related charges or a crime motivated by substance abuse.  The drug court has seen a 15% increase in opiate abuse, including the use of prescription pain medications.  The Maricopa County Drug Court Opiate Treatment Enhancement Project will address the specific treatment needs of this population. The specific needs of opiate addicted clients create unique challenges which require closer monitoring in order to determine program compliance.  The Maricopa County Drug Court and Adult Probation Department, in collaboration with substance abuse treatment provider Community Bridges, will enhance treatment services to address the specific needs of this population.  All opiate addicted clients will be referred to Community Bridges for screening to develop individualized treatment plans that could include outpatient detox using suboxen, referral to an Addictionologist, and cognitive behavioral based intensive outpatient treatment with specific lessons on pain management and opiate abuse.  The treatment program provided by Community Bridges will include a continuing care component and will last one year in length.  The goals of this program, including providing outpatient detox to opiate addicted participants, physician-based resources, a full continuum of treatment services through Community Bridges, focused pain management treatment, and peer to peer services, will increase the number of opiate addicted individuals engaged in treatment, decrease the number of participants who leave treatment due to relapse, and have a positive impact on all participants.  Within the first year, the program will serve 60 participants, and 75 participants will be served in years two and three.  During the lifetime of the grant project, 210 opiate addicted clients will be served.

CABHP's Role: To provide training/technical assistance & evaluation services.

Principal Investigator: Michael Shafer, Ph.D.

Project Managers:  Evaluation - Margaret Camarena, Ph.D.; Training/TA - Vicki Staples, M.Ed.

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