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IUHR - Moving on to Recovery and Empowerment (MORE)

MORE - Moving on to Recovery and Empowerment

The two goals of Moving on to Recovery and Empowerment (MORE) are:

  1. to reduce substance use and abuse among African American and Latina women by expanding services through a new, high quality, gender and culturally competent Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment (IOT) program
  2. to reduce HIV infection and other infectious diseases among African American and Latina women by expanding the continuum of care.

The specific objectives are:

  1. To provide 300 African American and Latina women from the Boston area, comprehensive state-of the-art substance abuse treatment using the best practices for an IOT Model based on CSAT TIP #471, with evidence-based enhancements built on the integrated trauma and mental health treatment model implemented in the SAMHSA Women Co-occurring Disorders and Violence Study (WCDVS) Boston site.
  2. To provide comprehensive services for HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases to African American and Latina women participating in MORE that include: HIV education and prevention, access to HIV Rapid Testing for women and their sexual/injection partners, referral for HIV/AIDS medical care and follow-up and related case management.
  3. To establish a new IOT site that is easily accessible to women in need of these services in the Greater Boston area, where services like MORE are not available.
  4. To collaborate with Boston Public Health Commission programs, Boston Medical Center and other key community providers to coordinate the delivery of IOT for African American and Latina women.
  5. To develop processes to identify and establish new collaborations with community agencies who provide comprehensive STD, hepatitis B & C, and HIV/AIDS services.

As per IOT TIP #471, treatment will be comprised of four stages:

  1. Stage 1 - Treatment Engagement
  2. Stage 2 - Early Recovery
  3. Stage 3 - Maintenance
  4. Stage 4 - Community Support

Treatment duration will vary from 3 to 6 months based on client's chronicity and severity of substance use. Treatment intensity will be stepped-down as stages are completed with approximately 10-30 hours per week based on client need. The outcome evaluation will determine whether the project goals and intervention objectives were achieved and whether participation in the interventions resulted in the desired long-term outcomes for participants.

The evaluation will assess treatment effects at follow-up, how participation in the various intervention components is associated with outcomes at follow-up, and if certain client characteristics were associated with outcomes. The process evaluation will assess implementation. All aspects of program planning, interventions, staff training and evaluation activities including interpretation of findings will be guided by a Project Workgroup comprised of MORE clients, managers, and counselors.

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