Participation in National Research Studies

Gateway's commitment to providing effective, efficient correctional treatment programs is evident in our participation with ongoing research and evaluation projects across the Corrections Division.

Current Research Participation

  • Criminal Justice-Drug Abuse Treatment Studies (CJ-DATS)
    In conjunction with the Texas Christian University Institute of Behavioral Research (TCU/IBR), Gateway is serving as one of IBR's lead partners in an important NIDA-funded project called CJ-DATS. This on-going multi-year project already has led to substantial improvements in the way CJ agencies assess offender risks and needs and in the way they target the delivery of treatment services. Over the life of this project, Gateway will be participating in studies involving the implementation and sustainability of evidence-based screening and assessment tools, targeted interventions, and a comprehensive HIV/AIDS continuum of risk-reduction approaches.
  • New Jersey Department of Corrections (NJDOC)
    This internal substance abuse process evaluation examines the impact of service delivery on client motivation, psychosocial functioning, criminal thinking, and criminogenic behaviors. Through on-going monitoring of client performance, Gateway is gaining a better understanding of which treatment components are benefiting which clients the most. The results are leading to a more targeted and efficient treatment approach that allows Gateway to be in a unique position to provide services that more effectively meet individual client needs.
  • Sustainable HIV Risk Reduction Strategies for CJ Systems
    As the lead partner with TCU IBR on this large, 5-year NIDA-funded project, Gateway is participating in this study intended to reduce HIV and other addiction-related disease risks in criminal justice populations. The first phase of the study includes a Disease Risk Reduction (DRR) intervention effectiveness study, and the second addresses its implementation in community supervision settings. Unlike traditional didactic approaches, the manual-guided DRR planning and decision-making strategy is based on cognitive tools that focus on an evidence-based, visual-spatial communication approach.

Additional Research Participation

Gateway has participated in research projects and evaluation studies since its inception. Our past research participation has included:

  • National Treatment Outcome Perspective Study (TOPS) participation
  • Drug Abuse Treatment Outcome Study (DATOS) participation
  • Client matching protocol study
  • Multi-site longitudinal treatment outcome study conducted by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)
  • Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Estelle Correctional Center Special Needs participant outcome study conducted by the University of Houston
  • Dwight corrections-based study conducted by the Illinois Criminal Justice Authority
  • Adolescent residential treatment outcome and process studies at the Lake Villa and Carbondale Youth Care Programs, conducted by the University of Illinois
  • Illinois outcome study of TANF women in the Chicago area conducted by the Illinois Department of Human Services and involving participants at Gateway's West Side adult and Chicago Outpatient Northwest programs

For additional information about Gateway's research contact us.