by Stephanie W. Hartwell, Xiaogang Deng, William Fisher, Carl Fulwiler, Debra A. Pinals, and Usha Sambamoorthi
ABSTRACT: The Massachusetts Department of Mental Health Forensic Transition Team (FTT), a linkage and referral reentry program for persons with serious mental illness, has been in existence for over 10 years. This brief article describes a study currently evaluating the FTT using a longitudinal retrospective quasi-experimental design. Secondary data is being made available using an interagency consortium and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) from several relevant state agencies. Study findings may serve to influence the development of policies and practices that address the needs of individuals with mental disorders leaving correctional custody, Additionally, the findings provide an analysis of the cost effectiveness of the FTT program and the utility of data and agency collaborations for program evaluation.
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