Designing Research Studies for Persons with Co-Occurring Disorders and Criminal Justice Involvement: Recruitment, Interviewing, and Tracking Strategies

Maureen H. Rumptz, NPC Research

There are many challenges inherent in designing a data collection protocol for longitudinal studies involving persons with co-occurring disorders and criminal justice involvement. Utilizing data collected from the Portland, Oregon site involved in a federal initiative of jail diversion programs for persons with co-occurring disorders, the author will present quantitative and qualitative data on the success of a recruitment, interviewing, and 12-month tracking protocol designed specifically for a population involved with the criminal justice system and suffering from both mental health and substance abuse disorders. These findings join a growing body of literature on not only the difficulties of doing research in this area, but also on the strategies that will yield a 95% recruitment and baseline interview rate and an 85% retention rate over 12 months.

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