New comprehensive screening instrument for DWI offenders

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1R43AA013770-01
Agency Tracking Number: AA013770
Amount: $89,859.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
BEHAVIORAL RESEARCH, INC.
BEHAVIORAL RESEARCH, INC., 612 ENCINO PLACE NE, ALBUQUERQUE, NM, 87102
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 CINDY GREGORY
 (505) 244-3099
 CGREGORY@BHRCS.ORG
Business Contact
Phone: (505) 244-3099
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): All 50 states mandate screening for drunk drivers, to clarify an offender's need for treatment for alcohol and drug use disorders, and to determine recidivism risk. Yet, no currently available screening instruments have been validated that meet minimal criteria to accurately triage offenders. Our Center has developed such an instrument and we propose to further validate, update, and shorten it, using previously collected in-house data. The final computerized self-report instrument will be user-friendly and highly researched, and will incorporate the entire body of literature on methods known to work in DWI screening. In Phase I, we will develop one of four test domains, Alcohol Use Disorders, in both computerized and paper formats. Tasks will include a comprehensive psychometric evaluation of existing item data incorporating updated diagnostic criteria, a simplification of scoring through measurement modeling, extensive concurrent and convergent validation, a redesign of the survey instrument and reports, and software programming. In Phase II, remaining domains will be integrated, predictive validity will be established using existing and prospective data, norms will be established, and it will be piloted in a DWI judicial setting to test usability, and satisfaction. This instrument will have the capability of impacting approximately 1.5 million arrests being processed in over 10,000 courts yearly.

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