Project Reports and Products

SSW faculty members publish their research not only through books and leading research journals, but also through publically available research project reports. Following are examples of recent publications and reports.

  • Statewide Jail Diversion Pilot Program Implementation Process Report, April 2016
    Funded through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).

    The Governor’s Mental Health Diversion Council led by Lt. Governor Brian Calley, has supported efforts to divert individuals with mental illness from the criminal justice system. As part of these efforts, the Jail Diversion Pilot Program launched eight pilot programs across the state. The majority of the pilot programs were implemented by April 2015 and all are currently operating. The purpose of this report is to provide information about the collective process of implementing diversion programs in diverse communities and to document the structure and process of each of the diversion programs during the first six months of operation. Download the full report. The principal investigator is Dr Sheryl Kubiak.

  • Report of the Michigan Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children (Prepared and Submitted Pursuant to MCL 722.632b, June 2015
    Funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

    This report presents the results of work by a legislatively mandated task force to make recommendations 1) for reducing child sexual abuse in the State and 2) for developing school policies that address the sexual abuse of children. Angela C. Kennedy (Associate Professor) served as a member of the task force.

    Download the full report (pdf)

  • Statewide Mental Health Court Outcome Evaluation Aggregate Report, September 2012
    Funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

    This study evaluates a Mental Health Court pilot program in selected sites across Michigan. Process and outcome measures were assessed across eight different program sites, with the intent of determining program effectiveness as identifying factors associated with effective implementation. The evaluation was conducted by Sheryl Kubiak (Professor), Liz Tillander (MSU), Erin Comartin (Oakland University), and Bradley R. Ray.

    Download the full report (pdf)

  • Evaluation of Specialized Substance Abuse Treatment Services for Women: Report of Long‐term Outcomes, August 2013
    Funded by the Michigan Department of Corrections

    This project evaluated the pilot program Beyond Violence (BV), an innovative program of enhanced substance abuse services offered at Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility to women convicted of violent offenses. The enhanced services feature a 20‐week program designed to explore the interrelationships between substance abuse, trauma, mental health, and violence in women’s lives. The study was conducted by the following MSU evaluation team: Sheryl Pimlott Kubiak, Principal Investigator (Professor), Liz Tillander, Project Director, Deborah Bybee, Statistical Consultant (Professor, Department of Psychology); Woo Jong Kim, Doctoral Student; Gina Fedock, Doctoral Student; and Jessica Trudel, Research Assistant.

    Download the full report (pdf)

  • Michigan Department of Human Services In-Service Child Welfare Training Initiative, 2014 Cohort: Final Evaluation Report

    This report presents findings from an evaluation study of the effectiveness of utilizing a multi-university collaborative to provide in-service training to Michigan’s child welfare workers. The report was prepared by Gary Anderson (Professor), Sacha Klein (Assistant Professor), Gretchen Archer (Clinical Instructor ), Michele Brock Senior Clinical Instructor, and Kadi Prout.

    Download the full report (pdf)

  • Opportunity Neighborhoods for Latino and African American Children: Final Report, March 2014
    Funded by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Policy Development and Research

    The Denver Child Study explores the extent to which multiple dimensions of neighborhood context affect the physical and behavioral health, exposure to violence, risky behaviors, education, youth and young adult labor market outcomes, and marriage and childbearing of Latino and African-American children and youth from low-income families. This final report on the study was prepared by Anna Maria Santiago (Professor), George C. Galster, Jessica L. Lucero, Karen J. Ishler, Eun Lye, Lee Georgios Kypriotakis, and Lisa Stack.

    Download the full report (pdf)

  • Using Data to Measure Performance: A New Framework for Assessing the Effectiveness of Home Visiting
    Funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts

    This report presents the Pew Charitable Trusts Home Visiting Data for Performance Initiative and its final recommendations. It is the first significant effort to promote common performance measures that states can adopt to determine whether their goals are being achieved across a portfolio of home visiting programs (family support and coaching programs for vulnerable families). Sacha Klein (Assistant Professor) served as a consultant on this project and contributed to the report.

    Download the full report (pdf)

  • Magnitudes and Mechanisms of Neighborhood Impacts on Children: Analyzing a Natural Experiment in Denver, January 2012
    Funded by John D. and Catherine T. Mac Arthur Foundation Grant

    This project aimed to (1) quantify precisely how various conditions in the surrounding neighborhood affect independently a variety of outcomes for low-income children who have resided in public housing for a substantial period of time during childhood; and (2) probe causal paths and mechanisms relative to how neighborhood conditions or environments might cause these outcomes. The project was led by George C. Galster (Professor, Wayne State University) and Anna Maria Santiago (Professor).

    Download the full report (pdf)

  • Ethics and the Regulatory Process, November 2013

    As a service to students, alumni and interested social workers, this YouTube video offers a two module presentation entitled: Ethical Practice and the Regulatory Process: Implications for Licensure. The presentation illustrates the incidence of social work lapses in Michigan, gives an idea of what can put social workers at risk of ethical missteps; offers an overview of the regulations involved, introduces the complaint process and lists resources to assist as you strive to be an ethical social worker. This product was developed by by Anwar Najor-Durack, LMSW, PhD and Dennis Muzzi, LMSW in a cooperative effort with the Michigan Department of Human Services, the Community Health Authority, Wayne State University, Michigan State University and the University of Michigan.

  • Evaluation and Cost Analysis of the Wayne County Mental Health Court, April 2014
    Funded by the Flinn Foundation

    This report shares key findings and the summary of the long-term outcomes and cost analysis using five years of data. The evaluation of the the Wayne County Mental Health Court was conducted by Sheryl Kubiak, PhD (PI), Liz Tillander, LMSW, and Jessica Trudel, Michigan State University; Erin Comartin, PhD, Oakland University; and Juliette Roddy, PhD, University of Michigan-Dearborn.

    Download the full report (pdf)

  • Greater Lansing Guide to Aging Services for the LGBTQI Community, March 2011
    Funded by Lansing Association of Human Rights (LAHR) and MSU School of Social Work

    This guide is intended to serve aging LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Intersex) individuals, their caregivers, and family members by providing information about aging services in the Lansing, MI, area. It is intended to be an educational resource for the community as they consider the scope of aging services. The guide was authored by Anne Hughes and Rena Harold.

    Download the full report (pdf)

  • Creating Change Final Evaluation Report, April 2013
    Funded by WK Kellogg Foundation

    This report shares evaluation findings from a study of capacity building efforts by Creating Change, a community-based organization serving Battle Creek. John Seita (Associate Professor), authored the report.

    Download the full report (pdf)