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Completed Projects

Project TRANSITIONS was a novel demonstration program for managing HIV+ clients as they transitioned from the jail to the community setting. Rapid HIV testing was enhanced within this setting to improve diagnostic screening for HIV.

In order to better understand the complex relationship between incarceration and longitudinal HIV treatment outcomes after release, an innovative database integration project was undertaken. Multiple custody and pharmacy databases from the Connecticut Department of Correction (CTDOC) were combined with community-based case management, HIV monitoring, and mortality data for all PLH who entered a CTDOC facility between January 1, 2007 - December 31, 2014. 

Project CHOICES was a Targeted Capacity Expansion Program for Substance Abuse Treatment and HIV/AIDS Services (Short Title: TCE/HIV). The program targeted individuals with a history of incarceration who become infected with HIV or who were at risk of acquiring HIV.
Project INSPIRE was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of extended-release injectable naltrexone (Brand name: Vivitrol) for treatment of alcohol dependence and hazardous drinking among HIV-infected individuals transitioning from prison to the community.
Project NEW HOPE was a double-blinded placebo controlled RCT of XR NTX among HIV+ prisoners with opioid dependence who were transitioning from the prison to the community setting.
Project STRIDE was a randomized, controlled trial of buprenorphine among probationers and pre-trial defendants in the greater Washington, D.C. area who met DSM-IV criteria for opioid dependence and who were under community-based criminal justice supervision.
Project HARAPAN was a 2x2 randomized, controlled trial of a prison-based, pre-release methadone program and an evidence-based behavioral intervention (HHRP) for HIV-infected, opioid dependent prisoners in Malaysia.
Project PRIDE was an innovative research initiative that addressed implementation issues related to HIV, substance abuse, and the criminal justice system in Ukraine and states of the former Soviet Union.

Project AHORA-L assessed the feasibility and impact of incorporating interventions to reduce high rates of onward transmission associated with acute HIV infection (AHI) and unsafe sex practices and poor medication adherence due to alcohol use.

From September 2013 to February 2017, 9 study sites across the United States participated in a demonstration project to evaluate models of care that linked HIV-positive homeless individuals with needed services and resources. Each study site created a patient-centered medical home (PCMH) to coordinate housing, social, and health services for each participant. The interventions implemented at each site varied, however, each PCMH included the introduction of a network or peer navigator using intensive case management for social services, housing assistance, and HIV care services.) Data were collected prospectively through interviews and HIV medical chart reviews at baseline, 6 months, and 12 months.