CARA Projects

Aging and Long-Term Svcs Dept Needs Assessment

In alignment with the Older Americans Act, a needs assessment of older adults in New Mexico is being carried out by CARA funded by the New Mexico Aging & Long-Term Services Department. To achieve this CARA is conducting a statewide review of services provided to older adults and qualified individuals with disability throughout New Mexico as well as collecting and analyzing census data and administrative data to help determine the service gap between seniors’ need and services. At 6 selected New Mexico locations (Bernalillo County, Moriarty, Taos, Gallup, Las Cruces, and Hobbs), CARA staff are reviewing in-depth seniors’ needs and services using additional methods including field observations, surveys and focus groups with service recipients and providers. This in-depth review is designed as a pilot project that can be replicated in additional locations in New Mexico to understand in detail the needs of seniors’ throughout New Mexico.  This assessment supports the Aging & Long-Term Services Department and other key stakeholders and is designed to more effectively and efficiently plan, administer, and monitor services for older adults and other qualified individuals in New Mexico.

New Mexico Corrections Department Classification Scoring Form Validation Study

This project focuses on the validation of the New Mexico Corrections Department revised male and new female initial classification forms and reclassification forms and a classification system assessment that meets best practices. This project also includes a more detailed review of reliability assessment data and a process evaluation that will be useful in the validation study and revisions to the classification system.  A classification system that is not working as intended and that is not reliable cannot be validated. A working process and reliability are essential for an objective classification system.

Bernalillo County Department of Behavioral Health Services (DBHS) Research

CARA provides on-going evaluation of programs funded to provide drug and alcohol prevention services to residents of Bernalillo County.  This includes a variety of programs targeting K-12 students, adults and the general public.  CARA also evaluates the array of programs located at the Comprehensive Assessment and Recovery through Excellence (CARE) campus.  These programs include the Public Inebriate Intervention Program (PIIP), the Mariposa Residential Program, the Supportive Aftercare Community (SAC) program, the jail-based Addiction Treatment Program (ATP), the Detoxification program, and the Crisis Stabilization Unit.

The Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) St. Joseph's Children (SJC) Randomized Control Trial Longitudinal Study

The Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) St. Joseph's Catholic (SJC) Longitudinal Study is a randomized control trial designed to determine the short- and long-term impacts of the CHI SJC Home Visiting program model. The study compares outcomes between families receiving home visiting services and families in a control group who do not receive these services. This is a longitudinal study following participants from birth through high school graduation or 19 years of age.

Behavioral Health Initiative (BHI) Research

In 2015, the Bernalillo County Commission (BCC) and voters approved a new gross-receipts tax (GRT) expected to generate between $17 and $20 million each year, to improve access to care and develop a unified and coordinated behavioral health system in the County and surrounding area.  CARA provides technical assistance, consulting and research services for the Bernalillo County Behavioral Health Initiative (BHI).  CARA is studying the planning, development, and implementation of the variety of projects and programs funded under the BHI.  This includes a component focused on tracking clients served in the different programs funded by the BHI and how a unified continuum of care improves behavioral health outcomes for individuals and the community.  Studies of the various projects and programs are designed to be the most rigorous possible including quasi-experimental studies and randomized control trials where appropriate.

Bernalillo County Public Safety Program Criminal Justice System Reform Initiatives Research

Funded by Bernalillo County, CARA staff study the array of initiatives designed to enhance public safety, improve the efficient operation of the local criminal justice system, move our jurisdiction closer to best practices, and assist the local jail in its operations.  Routine tasks include tracking and reporting on the jail population (i.e. bookings, releases, length of stay, and other population details) and court system improvement initiatives addressing arraignments, preventive detention, pretrial services, movement of cases through the system, and use of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation Public Safety Assessment.

City of Albuquerque Assisted Outpatient Treatment Program Study

The Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) program (funded by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will create vital infrastructure to address the needs of individuals with serious mental illness (SMI). The State of New Mexico Second Judicial District Court, University of New Mexico Hospital, other mental health providers, and community–based service agencies will work to integrate care and improve the health and social outcomes of individuals with SMI. AOT consumers should experience decreases in the number and duration of psychiatric hospitalizations, interactions with the criminal justice system, incarcerations, and homelessness.

CARA serves as the local evaluator for the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County AOT. Over the four-year project period, we will conduct process and outcome evaluations of the program and perform a cost study. Our data and findings will inform the City and program providers as well as the national AOT evaluation conducted by RTI. In addition, we provide technical assistance to the City of Albuquerque Project Director regarding data collection strategies and management information systems.