Substance Use and Criminal Justice

Mandated Treatment and Drug Courts: In partnership with Talbert House, we have been conducting evaluations of BJA and SAMHSA-funded treatment services delivered to individuals in court-supervised substance use treatment since 2012. Our current evaluation is projected through 2025.

Diversion Programs: In partnership with the Hamilton Addiction Response Coalition, our team is currently conducting evaluations of Hamilton County, Ohio's law enforcement assisted diversion (LEAD) program and county-wide Quick Response team (QRT).

Manchak, S. M., Farringer, A., & Strange, C. (2021), Research meets practice: How social scientists can aid in fighting the opioid crisis. In N. Mackinnon & M. Delbello (Eds), Addiction in the Queen City: Hitting Back at the Opioid Crisis in Cincinnati. Cincinnati, OH: University of Cincinnati Press.

Manchak, S. M., Strange, C., Farringer, A., & Lancaster, M., (2021). The assessment and treatment of substance use disorders in jails. In V. Barber-Rioja, A. Garcia-Mansilla, B. Subedi, B., and A. Batastini, A. (Eds.). Handbook of mental health assessment and treatment in jails. New York. NY: Oxford University Press.

Strange, C. C., Manchak, S.M, Hyatt, J.M., Petrich, D. M., Desai, A., & Haberman, C. (2022). Opioid-specific medication-assisted therapy and its impact on criminal justice and overdose outcomes. Campbell Systematic Reviews, 18 (1), 1215. DOI: 10.1002/cl2.1215

Mental Health and Criminal Justice

Factors Influencing Technical Violations: This project compares people with and without mental illness on probation to examine the risk factors for technical violations of supervision. It is funded by the American-Psychology Law Society Grant-in-Aid.

Manchak, S. M., Skeem, J. L., & Loth, L. (2019). What works in supervising probationers with mental illness. In D. Polaschek, A. Hay, & C. Hollin (Eds.), The Handbook of Psychology and Corrections. Wiley Publishing.

Manchak, S. M., Morgan, R. (2018). Mentally disordered offenders in prison. In J. Wooldredge, & P. Smith (Eds.), Oxford Handbook on Prisons and Imprisonment. New York, NY: Oxford.

Implementation and Dissemination of Evidence Based Practices in Offender Rehabilitation

Systems Collaborations: In collaboration with the Hamilton County, Ohio Addiction Response Coalition and the Healing Communities Study in Ohio, and in tandem with the QRT evaluation, we are examining the connectivity, capacity, and utilization of substance use treatment providers in a local "hot spot" for heroin overdoses.

Farringer, A., Duriez, S., Manchak, S. M., & Sullivan, C. C. (2019). Adherence to "what works": Examining trends across 14 years of correctional program assessment. Corrections: Policy, Practice, and Research.

Manchak, S. M., Farringer, A., Anderson, V. R., & Campbell, C. (2017). Current U.S. agency- level trends in supporting implementation of evidence-based practices in parole. Corrections: Policy, Practice, and Research, 2 (1), 1-14.

Disparities at the Intersection of Criminal Justice and Mental Health

Racial Disparities in Adult Mental Health and Drug Courts: With support from the University of Cincinnati Office of the Vice President for Research and in collaboration with Drs Cory Haberman, Joshua Cochran, and Ebony Ruhland from the University of Cincinnati School of Criminal Justice and Janet Moore, JD from the University of Cincinnati Law School, we are conducting a mixed methods examination of racial disparities in access, participation, and experiences in adult mental health and drug courts in Ohio.