Methamphetamine Users in Missouri Drug Courts: Program Elements Associated with Success

Status: complete

Research Question: What participant characteristics, drug court program elements, or combination thereof, are particularly important in predicting graduation rates for drug court participants whose drug of choice is methamphetamine?

Project Design: This statewide study of Missouri’s drug courts used a mixed-methods design involving: (1) analyzing existing drug court information housed in Missouri’s statewide drug court database and (2) collecting detailed program-related information using a Web-based survey methodology. The Web-based methods included two surveys, one for the drug court coordinator and court staff, the other for treatment providers. This was one of the first studies that collected in-depth information on drug court treatment practices and related these practices to participant outcomes.

Funding Source: Missouri Office of the State Courts Administrator

Start Date: October 2007

Project Team

Principal Investigator

Shannon Carey, Ph.D.

Project Director

Tamara Perkins, Ph.D.

Project Staff

Jennifer Aborn, B.S.

Anton Cox, B.A.