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This project, based at UCF, focuses on substance use disorder health services in courts and has obtained three state contracts with the Florida Supreme Court Office of the State Courts Administrator (OSCA), totaling almost $200,000. OSCA is the state agency responsible for overseeing all courts in the state. As part of these contracts, the team serves as the evaluation team of the Opioid Initiative, a statewide project to increase access to medications for opioid use disorder and other evidence-based treatments in the court system. The team evaluates beliefs, social norms, and policies in all courts, including those in Orlando, with respect to evidence-based treatments. The team is assisting with the design of online educational modules for court staff and judges.

Finally, as part of a $1.5 million grant obtained by OSCA from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the team serves as the competitively chosen project evaluation team examining implementation of an evidence-based treatment intervention in five family dependency drug courts, including the one in downtown Orlando.


Principal Investigator

Barbara Andraka-Christou, Ph.D., J.D.
Assistant Professor, Global Health Management and Informatics


Danielle Atkins, Ph.D., MPA
Associate Professor, Global Health Management and Informatics
Yara Asi, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Global Health Management and Informatics