BLOOMINGTON – A division of Chestnut Health Systems is one of 10 research centers in the country to share a grant to research addiction treatment in criminal justice settings.

Lighthouse Institute received $9.3 million of a $155 million grant issued by National Institute on Drug Abuse, Chestnut announced Monday. Lighthouse, established in 1986, conducts applied research, program evaluation training and consultation for organizations throughout Illinois.

“This study provides an opportunity to test an intervention that is client-centered and increasingly responsive to the needs of the individual,” said Christy Scott, Lighthouse director of research and development. “We expect that the study findings will help our justice, judicial, and treatment partners to target their resources to those most in need. In the end, this research should improve the overall effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of (opioid use disorder) intervention.”

According to a statement issued by Chestnut, Lighthouse researchers will test an adapted version of an evidence-based intervention called Recovery Management Checkups. RMC provides quarterly check-ups, helps those recently released from jail to stay in treatment, and re-links them with treatment as necessary.

The study will test whether RMC can step in earlier to prevent relapse or to initiate treatment as needed rather than at quarterly intervals. The experiment will involve 750 male and female offenders randomly assigned to one of three groups when they are released from jail: re-entry into the community as usual; the original RMC (quarterly checkups); and a checkup schedule tailored to the participant’s need.

The study will compare the rates at which participants are linked to and stay in treatment. It will also compare public health and safety outcomes among the three groups.

The other nine research centers are Yale University, Texas Christian University, Brown University, University of Chicago, University of Kentucky, New York University School of Medicine, New York State Psychiatric Institute, Friends Research Institute, Inc., and Baystate Medical Center.

Chestnut provides substance use disorder treatment, mental health counseling, primary health care, credit counseling, and housing and supportive services.

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