Innovative Programs Research Group
From programs for veterans with substance-use problems to interventions for perpetrators of domestic violence, IPRG research projects address the needs of underserved populations and assess whether certain programs are effective in changing behaviors or reducing the barriers for delivering and accessing services.
Soldiers battling substance abuse are the focus of one major IPRG initiative. With substantial federal and regional grants, the group developed a confidential way to reach military personnel who have problems with alcohol, drugs and prescription medications. This creative “check-up” interview targets soldiers who may not see themselves as needing treatment but who realize that their lives are seriously off-track. In telephone counseling sessions, IPRG counselors help these individuals take stock of their actions and explore realistic options.