Newly Awarded Research Grant: Transforming Today’s Discoveries Into Tomorrow’s Solutions

Monday, Nov 06, 2023

Palm Beach County Recovery Center Evaluation, $131,675

Principal Investigator Dr. Heather Howard and co-PI, Dr. Precious Skinner-Osei

This work will include the program Evaluation of Palm Beach County (PBC) Recovery Community Organizations Recovery Community Centers (RCC) located in Delray Beach, Lake Worth Beach, and development processes for new RCC locations in Riviera Beach and Belle Glade. 

The research evaluation will examine the long-term recovery outcomes of the participants who interface with the RCC by evaluating levels of engagement and recovery outcomes. In addition, there will be a process evaluation of the services included at the RCC, including how services are determined to be responsive to community members engaging with the RCC; participation rates in educational activities offered by the RCC and increased recovery capital. 

There will be special attention to the quality of service and warm hand-offs at the center(s); as well as any differences across the centers, which will help inform practices and offerings both generally and site-specific. Geographical locations and cultural sensitivity will be examined as well as how these factors impact and affect long-term recovery.