Oct 302018

October 2017 – The Policy & Research Group (PRG) has been selected as the external evaluator for South Texas Substance Abuse Recovery Services’ (STSARS) Humanity Project that aims to increase engagement in care for racial and ethnic minority individuals with substance use disorders (SUD) and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders (COD) who are at risk for HIV or HIV positive. The program is funded by a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

The Humanity Project serves primarily Latino clients the Coastal Bend area of South Texas. Specifically, the team provides : linkage at STSARS to care, including directly providing SUD and/or COD treatment and recovery support services; HIV/AIDS testing and case management services, including linkage and provision of HIV care and treatment; Hepatitis testing, vaccination, and referral/linkage for treatment and case management; housing support services; outreach; and support services to retain clients in SUD/COD and HIV/AIDS care.

PRG will help STSARS to actualize implementation goals and a client-level outcomes by providing project leaders with feedback and analysis. Using a structured, formative approach, PRG aims to help STSARS with its mission to provide outpatient services to at-risk individuals who seek to recover from SUD. PRG will monitor implementation and hold quarterly calls with program staff that will allow STSARS to observe how the intervention is consistently reaching its implementation targets. PRG will also provide annual reports to STARS leadership to give a more comprehensive account of the program’s implementation as well as a descriptive account of client-level outcomes targeted by the program.

The Humanity Project is funded through SAMHSA’s Targeted Capacity Expansion-HIV Program: Substance Use Disorder Treatment for Racial/Ethnic Minority Populations at High Risk for HIV/AIDS (TCE-HIV/AIDS At-Risk program). This program aims to increase engagement in care for racial and ethnic minority individuals with SUD and/or COD who are at risk for HIV or HIV positive that receive HIV services/treatment..

SAMHSA works to advance behavioral health in the United States by reducing the impact of substance abuse and mental illness. Through the TCE-HIV/AIDS At-Risk program, SAMHSA provides funding to awardees that provide substance use treatment and HIV services for at-risk populations, including racial/ethnic minorities.

PRG is committed to the development of effective public policy through the production of rigorous research and evaluation. PRG works with federal, state, and local partners in the development and evaluation of programs that aim to improve social, behavioral, health, economic, and employment potential. Since 2004, PRG has developed expertise across an array of policy areas including education, public health, child welfare, work and income, housing, and adolescent risk reduction.