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Behavioral Health

Mary BrolinMary Brolin (PI), Maria Torres
"Evaluation of Spectrum Recovery Support Navigator Project"
Funder: Attorney General's Office of Massachusetts; subcontract to Brandeis from Spectrum Health Systems, Inc.

This project will evaluate Spectrum’s Recovery Support Navigator project that provides intensive case management services to offenders re-entering the community from the Department of Corrections who are in need of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid dependence. The evaluation will assess (1) whether or not participants access MAT in the community, and (2) illicit drug use, (3) positive community engagement, and (4) recidivism one year after release.

The proposed pilot study will demonstrate the feasibility and effectiveness of academic detailing to reach targeted prescribers identified by aggregate analysis of state prescription monitoring data and Department of Defense prescription data to identify geographic "hot spots" of opioid prescribing and areas with high density of DoD patients on opioids.

Mary Jo Larson (PI), Rachel Sayko Adams, Sharon Reif, Cindy Thomas
"Longitudinal Study of Post-deployment Complementary and Alternative Medicine Pain Management Using DoD and VA Data"
Funder:  National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine

This study will examine Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs data of over 800,000 Army service members to permit the most comprehensive description possible of prevalence of post-deployment chronic pain and its comorbidities, and describe pain management strategies used up to five years post-deployment, including complementary and alternative medicine, other non-pharmacological treatments, and opioid prescription medications.

Marji Erickson Warfield (PI), Mary Jo Larson, Rachel Sayko Adams
"The Impact of Parental Military Deployment on Children with Disabilities"
Funder:  National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

This study will utilize innovative methods to assess the unstudied health care utilization patterns among children of military members ages birth to 17 with significant disabilities, measure the impact of deployment on these utilization patterns and test how aspects of the family environment influence the effect of deployment on utilization.

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