Community wise: A group behavioral intervention

Liliane Cambraia Windsor, Lauren Jessell, Teri Lassiter, Ellen Benoit

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Individuals with histories of incarceration and substance abuse residing in distressed communities often receive suboptimal services partly due to a lack of empirically supported substance abuse treatments targeting this population. Grounded in communityengaged research, we developed Community Wise, a manualized, 12-week, group behavioral intervention. The intervention aims to reduce substance use frequency, HIV/HCV risk behaviors, and reoffending among individuals with histories of substance abuse and incarceration. Thirty-six individuals were recruited to participate in a formative evaluation of Community Wise processes and outcomes. Analysis showed significantly lower post-intervention number of cigarettes smoked per day, days using an illicit drug, money spent on illegal drugs, and rearrests. Based on the evaluation, the research team made the following changes: 1) added a session on sexuality; 2) increased the number of sessions from 12 to 15; and 3) modified strategies to help participants develop and implement capacity building projects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPublic Health
Subtitle of host publicationImproving Health via Inter-Professional Collaborations
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781633215948
ISBN (Print)9781633215696
StatePublished - Jul 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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