Pilot research underway to inform the use of CTI in residential substance abuse treatment programs
New research suggests that residential and outpatient substance use treatment programs must play in active role in facilitating patients’ transition between levels of care in order to improve patient outcomes. Dr. Jennifer Manuel, Ph.D., assistant professor at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work, served as the lead researcher on a pilot study in Virginia that examined individual- and system-level obstacles in the transition from secure residential treatment environments to community living. Since relocating her research to New York City, Dr. Manuel has found that, although service systems in the two states differ, lessons from her Virginia-based research appear to be relevant here as well. As a next step, Dr. Manuel will be carrying out a pilot test of the CTI model in residential substance abuse programs in New York City.