Funded Programs Evaluation Reports
The Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (CRTA) allocates Illinois Department of Human Services funding to initiate or expand programs that address the negative impacts of substance misuse and mental illness. The funded programs are intended to ameliorate a broad range of social and public health concerns that arose as inadvertent consequences (e.g., poverty, community and family disruptions, violence and trauma exposure, and homelessness) of the decades-long war on drugs, which treated substance misuse (and often mental illness) as a criminal justice rather than a public health issue.
Along with funding for new or expanded programming, CRTA also provides monies for evaluating the public health impacts of each program. To carry out the evaluations, a collaboration of investigators was assembled, composed of the University of Illinois at Chicago Jane Addams College of Social Work faculty and doctoral research assistants, investigators at the University of Chicago and Wayne State University, and a support team provided by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago. For each CRTA-funded program, members of the evaluation collaborative were invited to select which CRTA-funded program or programs they would like to evaluate. The selecting investigator(s) was then designated as the Co-I(s) responsible for developing an evaluation plan and overseeing the implementation of the evaluation, including data collection, conducting data analysis, and developing quarterly and summary annual reports of the findings.The NORC team supports methodological design, data collection, and analysis. The projects that have been funded include: