Pilot Evaluation of Recovery-Based Reentry Services for Black and Latino Men

Client: Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS), Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Topic Areas: Behavioral health and substance use; Social determinants of health
Service: Participatory Evaluation

ICH, together with our partner the Crime and Justice Institute (CJI), has been awarded a contract from the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS) to conduct a pilot evaluation of BSAS’s new multi-site recovery-based re-entry services program for Black and Latino men. This pilot program will provide care coordination and recovery support to Black and Latino men at high risk of post-incarceration overdose in five communities: Boston, Lawrence, Lynn, Worcester, and Springfield. ICH’s evaluation will examine each program’s progress in achieving goals for program utilization, recovery, client goal achievement and community reintegration, and cultural responsiveness. To measure these outcomes and understand the success of the programming in achieving these goals, the ICH/CJI team will conduct a participatory, mixed methods evaluation. The evaluation will be designed in collaboration with BSAS, the awarded service providers, and clients in recovery, and the overall approach will integrate core equitable evaluation questions with all aspects of the process and outcome evaluation design.