The APM Community Re-entry Program Evaluation
The AIDS Partnership Michigan (APM) Community Re-entry Program evaluation examined the health and mental health status of formerly incarcerated HIV-positive men and women who had used re-entry services over the 3-year period following their release. The program was established by the Michigan Department of Community Health in 2003 to assist HIV-infected inmates leaving state and federal correctional facilities and connect to appropriate HIV care in a timely manner. The program matches inmates to a medical case manager or similar support provider who is located in or near the community to which the inmate intends to return. The program also makes an initial appointment with HIV-specialist physicians in instances where this is possible.
The evaluation used a mixed-method approach that included interviewing former clients, health care providers, and case managers and drawing on diverse records to address the following questions:
1. Do individuals remain in care following contact with the re-entry service? For how long and with what degree of consistency?
2. Do those in care adhere to antiretroviral medication regimens? What are the causes of non-adherence?
3. Why are individuals lost to care?
4. How satisfied are clients (formerly incarcerated) with the re-entry service?
5. How satisfied are the service providers to whom the formerly incarcerated are referred with the re-entry service?
6. To what extent do clients perceive the referred services as meeting their needs?
7. Are there differences in service outcomes, satisfaction, or unmet need as a function of a beneficiaries’ gender, race, age, sexual identity, or the region to which they are released?
See the final report here: Evaluation of the AIDS Partnership Michigan Community Re-entry Program: Final Report
See interim report here: Evaluation of the AIDS Partnership Michigan Community Re-entry Program: Interim Report