Correlates of Interorganizational Service Coordination in Community Corrections

Wayne N. Welsh, Michael Prendergast, Kevin Knight, Hannah Knudsen, Laura Monico, Julie Gray, Sami Abdel-Salam, Shawna Malvini Redden, Nathan Link, Leah Hamilton, Michael S. Shafer, Peter D. Friedmann

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Because weak interagency coordination between community correctional agencies (e.g., probation and parole) and community-based treatment providers has been identified as a major barrier to the use of evidence-based practices (EBPs) for treating drug-involved offenders, this study sought to examine how key organizational (e.g., leadership, support, staffing) and individual (e.g., burnout, satisfaction) factors influence interagency relationships between these agencies. At each of 20 sites, probation/parole officials (n = 366) and community treatment providers (n = 204) were surveyed about characteristics of their agencies, themselves, and interorganizational relationships with each other. Key organizational and individual correlates of interagency relationships were examined using hierarchical linear models (HLM) analyses, supplemented by interview data. The strongest correlates included Adaptability, Efficacy, and Burnout. Implications for policy and practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)483-505
Number of pages23
JournalCriminal Justice and Behavior
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016

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© 2015, © 2015 International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology.


  • community corrections
  • implementation
  • interagency relationships
  • interorganizational collaboration
  • interorganizational relationships
  • substance use
  • treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • General Psychology
  • Law


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