Active Projects

The MISSION model is a highly flexible service delivery platform that has been adapted to several special populations for individuals with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders (CODs). In collaboration with a multitude of partner organizations, active pilot programs and large scale evaluations are currently seeking to further enhance and adapt the MISSION treatment model. Abstracts regarding active projects are listed below.

MISSION-Vet Implementation
PI David Smelson, Psy.D.
Supported by VA ORD/HSR&D

The MISSION-Vet Implementation project is a Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Research & Development, Health Services Research and Development, and National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans supported program comparing implementation as usual to Getting To Outcomes (GTO). The goal of this program is to determine the most effective strategy for MISSION-VET intervention within VA Homeless Services.

Improving Outcomes for Homeless Veterans with Peer Support
PI Marsha Ellison, Ph.D.
Supported by VA HSR&D

The purpose of this project is to conduct a multi-site randomized controlled trial by delivering peer support to homeless veterans with co-occurring mental illnesses and substance abuses issues, by using the peer support intervention treatment guide available in the MISSION-VET Consumer Workbook.

PI Debra A. Pinals, M.D.
Supported by SAMHSA/CMHS

The MISSION-Court Related Enhancement Services for Treatment (MISSION-CREST) project aims to enhance and expand existing Springfield Mental Health Court services through infrastructure planning and development activities, while also providing MISSION-Criminal Justice to individuals with CODs involved in the Springfield District Court.

PI Debra A. Pinals, M.D.
Supported by BJA                                                                                                              

MISSION-West: Integrated Re-entry and Peer Support (MISSION-WI-RAPS) delivers specialized MISSION services to inmates with CODs being released from the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department correctional centers. The main goals are to reduce recidivism, reduce substance abuse, and improve mental health outcomes.

PI Sheila Casey, Esq.
Supported by SAMHSA/CSAT

The MISSION-Cape project aims to enhance the existing COD treatment services being provided through the Barnstable Drug Court by administering MISSION-Criminal Justice services. These services include medication assisted treatment, mental health and trauma-informed therapy, employment opportunities, and housing through intensive case management and peer-support.

MISSION-HPACT Implementation
PI David Smelson, Psy.D.
Supported by VA QUERI

The MISSION-Homeless Patient Aligned Care Team Implementation (MISSION-HPACT) project is part of the Veterans Affairs' Bridging the Care Continuum QUERI Center. The primary role of the project is to implement the MISSION-Vet model in Greater Los Angeles Homeless-PACT clinics in order to better understand how to implement and sustain complex interventions.

PI Sheila Casey, Esq.
Supported by SAMHSA/CSAT

Similar to the MISSION-Cape project, MISSION-Boston/Metro (MISSION/BMetro) aims to enhance the existing COD treatment services being provided by the Quincy and Chelsea Drug Courts via the provision of the MISSION-Criminal Justice model. This service enhancement initiative intends to increase access to mental health, substance abuse, trauma, and employment services among active drug court participants who are transitioning out of residential care.

PI Allison Bauer, J.D.
Supported by SAMHSA/CSAT

The Medication Assisted Treatment Reentry Initiative (MAT-RI) is a part of the Massachusetts State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis (MA-STR) that aims to increase access to treatment and recovery support services, reduce unmet treatment needs, as well as reduce opioid misuse, abuse, and overdose in Massachusetts. MAT-RI will specifically work towards achieving these goals by providing individuals reentering the community from correctional facilities with medication assisted treatment, case management, and post linkage services using the MISSION-Criminal Justiceand Recovery Support Navigator models.

PI Elizabeth Agius, B.A.
Supported by SAMHSA/CSAT

The Michigan Reentry Project (MI-REP) is embedded within the larger framework of the Michigan State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis (MI-STR) intended to increase access to treatment, reduce unmet treatment needs, and reduce opioid overdose related deaths among criminally-involved individuals. This project utilizes the MISSION-Criminal Justice model to target the co-occurring mental health and opiate use disorder treatment needs of this population.