Grants

Current Grants

A National Register-Based Longitudinal Study Examining the Effectiveness of Addiction Treatment Interventions within the Swedish Social Services
2014 – 2018
Funded by Umea University, Sweden
Principal Investigator: Lena Lundgren, Ph.D.

The study responds to specific Swedish priorities on the need to conduct research using national register data bases.  It includes a gender perspective  and it responds to the Swedish government which highlights both as a key objective the need to improve quality, knowledge and competence about addiction and addiction treatment through research and results dissemination  and the concern by the study investigators that current access to addiction treatment care in Sweden is unequal between different population groups.  This longitudinal 4 year study will utilize three de-identified datasets, combining Sweden’s Addiction Severity Index (ASI) base-line assessment data, the “U-Boat interventions” received data, and the 12 month ASI follow up data to: (1) identify the range of interventions received within one year for a Swedish nationally representative sample of 6000 individuals assessed for a substance use disorder in Swedish municipalities; (2) conduct cluster analyses to identify if there are specific sets (clusters) of interventions received by these individuals and use bivariate statistical analyses to examine if these clusters of interventions received are associated with client needs (severity of alcohol/drug use, mental health problems, unemployment, family support needs); and, (3) through multiple regression analyses identify if the receipt of some sets (or clusters of) of interventions received during a one year time period, are more likely to result in positive substance use outcomes  than others and if these outcomes differ for vulnerable population groups including women and immigrant populations.

Using Smartphone Technology to Reduce Relapse among Latino Drug Users 

2013-2016
Funded by DHHS/SAMHSA
Principal Investigator: Jordana Muroff, Ph.D.

Dr. Muroff is a Principal Investigator on  a three-year research study to examine whether the use of Health Information Technology, specifically a Spanish version of the A-CHESS Smartphone application  provided to Latinos in recovery for  co-occurring alcohol and/or other drug (AOD)  and mental health  disorders (MHD) will reduce drug/alcohol relapse and increase adherence to medication.

In the Community Mental Health Training for Social Workers Program (ICMH)

2013 – 2016
Funded by HRSA
Principal Investigator: Lena Lundgren, Ph.D.

The Boston University School of Social Work Off-Campus Program, in collaboration with six Massachusetts community-based mental and behavioral health treatment centers located in medically under-served communities, has received a 3-year grant from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for the In the Community Mental Health Training for Social Workers Program (ICMH) . The ICMH will increase the number of social work graduates trained in empirically-supported assessment and intervention methods for trauma, co-morbid mental health and addictions disorders in medically underserved communities.  The ICMH program has been mentioned as a model program at the White House.

“Asian-American Women’s Action for Resilience and Empowerment (AWARE)”
2013 – 2016
Funded by NIMH
Principal Investigator: Hyeouk Chris Hahm, Ph.D.

Dr. Hyeouk Chris Hahm has received an award to develop an intervention to reduce HIV risk and improve mental health among Asian Pacific Islander young adult women.  This study is called Asian-American Women’s Action for Resilience and Empowerment (AWARE) and is a three-year R34 study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). This new study builds upon findings from Dr. Hahm’s previous NIH study, AWSHIP.

Mi Camino- Peer-Based Recovery Support Services for Latinos with Substance Use and Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders”
2013 – 2016
Funded by SAMHSA/CSAT
Principal Investigator: Maryann Amodeo, Ph.D.

CARS is conducting an evaluation of this SAMHSA/CSAT-funded program at Casa Esperanza, Inc., in Roxbury, MA.  The peer-oriented program utilizes evidence-based practices to improve treatment outcomes for Latino men and women with co-occurring disorders. Peer Recovery Coaches, who are in recovery themselves, provide client education on chronic disease self-management, lead self-help groups for clients with dual-disorders, link clients with community resources, and empower clients to become active community citizens and community leaders through participation in a Consumer Advisory Board.  Clients develop personal recovery plans that include activities such as securing medical insurance, getting medical and dental care,  identifying and attending Spanish AA and NA meetings, getting vocational training, and attending social events in the local Latino community. The program is designed to reduce relapse and improve outcomes in the areas of health and mental health, education and employment, housing stability, social support and linkage to community resources.

“Casa Esperanza, Inc.’s Tu Bienestar Health Home”
2013 – 2016
Funded by SAMHSA/CSAT
Principal Investigator: Lena Lundgren, Ph.D., Co-Investigator:  Luz Lopez, Ph.D.

The Boston University Center for Addictions Research and Services (CARS) has been awarded a three-year grant to conduct a study funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). This study will examine the effectiveness of an intervention implemented by Casa Esperanza, a Latina/o residential addiction treatment unit, to provide a medical home and integrated care for Latinas with substance use disorders at risk of HIV and/or HIV positive.  Specifically, Tu Bienestar Health Home will recruit hard to reach Latina women through a targeted neighborhood outreach method and provide 140 Latinas who are at-risk for or living with HIV and will provide:  a Person-Centered Health Home for at-risk Latina drug users living with CODs using bilingual/bicultural Health Navigators trained in MI and ICM to coordinate the work of a Multi-disciplinary Team and engage Latina drug users in integrated substance abuse, mental health and HIV/TB/STI/HCV counseling, testing, and case management services;  trauma-informed clinical services; Latina empowerment and peer support.

La Voz: HIV Outreach, Addiction Treatment and Trauma Support for Latinas in Greater Springfield, Massachusetts

2013 – 2016
Funded by SAMHSA/CSAT
Principal Investigator:  Lena Lundgren, Ph.D., Co-Investigator: Luz Lopez, Ph.D.

The Boston University Center for Addictions Research and Services (CARS) has been awarded a three-year grant to conduct an study funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). This study will examine the effectiveness of an intervention implemented by Tapestry Health/LaVoz to conduct a door-to-door HIV testing outreach campaign to reduce HIV risk among Latina/os residing in Western Massachusetts.  This project will recruit hard to reach Latina women through a targeted neighborhood outreach method (n = 2600) and provide 200 Latinas who are at-risk for or living with HIV, who may have experiences of violence and trauma which impact their exposure to HIV, substance use disorders (SUD) and mental health disorders (MH) with clinical addiction treatment, trauma-recovery treatment provided by a trauma specialist, and HIV risk reduction and prevention education, including HIV, STI, and pregnancy testing.