HIV+ Prisoner Integration

Allison C. Morrill, JD, PhD, Evaluator

Funded by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
and Health Resources and Services Administration (#U22/CCU116995)
      via the Massachusetts Department of Public Health

The Transitional Intervention Project (“TIP”) is a statewide initiative to help incarcerated individuals living with HIV to make a successful transition back into the community. TIP case managers work with clients while they are incarcerated to assess their post-release needs. Upon the client’s release, TIP staff implement the client-specific service plan, providing help in areas such as:

In 2004, with support from the CDC, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health hired Capacities to evaluate TIP. The evaluation included interviews and focus groups with TIP staff and clients in the community, and in-depth ethnographic interviews of five TIP clients in the community.

Client Reflections (exhibit & booklet)

As part of the TIP evaluation, Capacities conducted in-depth ethnographic interviews of five TIP clients whose lives have been transformed with the help of TIP. Photographs and text from those interviews form a documentary exhibit available for lending. In addition, we created a booklet and a web site.  Both describe the results of the evaluation, and include photographs and text from the documentary exhibit.

Evaluation Results

1. Service data revealed the following:

2. Statistical analyses revealed the following significant associations:

3. Behavior change takes time, so recidivism can't be the only marker of success: 


Three manuscripts were produced, on the following topics:

  • Needs of incarcerated individual living with HIV
  • Reintegration into the community
  • Access to substance abuse services
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