Effects of an Organizational Linkage Intervention on Inter-Organizational Service Coordination Between Probation/Parole Agencies and Community Treatment Providers

Wayne N. Welsh, Hannah K. Knudsen, Kevin Knight, Lori Ducharme, Jennifer Pankow, Terry F Urbine, Adrienne Lindsey, Sami Abdel-Salam, Jennifer Wood, Laura Monico, Nathan Link, Carmen Albizu-Garcia, Peter D. Friedmann

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Weak coordination between community correctional agencies and community-based treatment providers is a major barrier to diffusion of medication-assisted treatment (MAT)—the inclusion of medications (e.g., methadone and buprenorphine) in combination with traditional counseling and behavioral therapies to treat substance use disorders. In a multisite cluster randomized trial, experimental sites (j = 10) received a 3-h MAT training plus a 12-month linkage intervention; control sites (j = 10) received the 3-h training alone. Hierarchical linear models showed that the intervention resulted in significant improvements in perceptions of interagency coordination among treatment providers, but not probation/parole agents. Implications for policy and practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-121
Number of pages17
JournalAdministration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes



  • Implementation
  • Inter-organizational relationships
  • Interagency relationships
  • Substance-related disorders
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health Policy
  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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