Mary Jo Larson

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BACKGROUND New federal initiatives target funds toward chronically homeless as distinct from other homeless persons. Few data exist, however, to substantiate the implications of chronic homelessness for major health outcomes. OBJECTIVES Using data from a 2-year cohort of addicted persons, we tested whether changes in mental and physical health-related(More)
Massachusetts was the first state to introduce a statewide specialty mental health managed care plan for its Medicaid program. This study assesses the impact of this program on expenditures, access, and relative quality. Over a one-year period, expenditures were reduced by 22 percent below predicted levels without managed care, without any overall reduction(More)
The Women, Co-occurring Disorders, and Violence Study (WCDVS) was a multi-site cooperative study to evaluate new service models for women with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders and a history of physical and/or sexual abuse. Despite common features in the service interventions and evaluation procedures, diversity across the nine sites(More)
PURPOSE Quality of life (QOL) has become an important endpoint in clinical trials and studies of medical interventions for many chronic diseases, but has not been widely studied in the substance abuse field. The purpose of this study was to measure QOL in a large sample of adult substance abusers (SA), to compare QOL ratings with those for other chronic(More)
PURPOSE In this paper, we develop and test a model for predicting sexual risk for HIV and other STDs. METHODS Researchers interviewed 528 women and men with a history of substance abuse about their past experiences of physical and sexual abuse, symptoms, and sexual risk behavior (number of partners, trading sex for drugs or money, unprotected intercourse,(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the odds of major depression among Medicare claimants with and without diabetes and to test whether annual medical payments are greater for those with both diabetes and major depression than for those with diabetes alone. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS This retrospective analysis relies on claims data from the 1997 Medicare 5% Standard(More)
Chronic disease (care) management (CDM) is a patient-centered model of care that involves longitudinal care delivery; integrated, and coordinated primary medical and specialty care; patient and clinician education; explicit evidence-based care plans; and expert care availability. The model, incorporating mental health and specialty addiction care, holds(More)
Iraq and Afghanistan veterans experience extreme stressors and injuries during deployments, witnessing and participating in traumatic events. The military has organized prevention and treatment programs as a result of increasing suicides and posttraumatic stress disorder among troops; however, there is limited research on how to intervene with alcohol(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine whether obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) symptom subtypes are associated with response rates to cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) among pediatric patients. METHOD Ninety-two children and adolescents with OCD (range = 7-19 years) received 14 sessions of weekly or intensive (daily psychotherapy sessions) family-based CBT.(More)
Military personnel engage in unhealthy alcohol use at rates higher than their same age, civilian peers, resulting in negative consequences for the individual and jeopardized force readiness for the armed services. Among those returning from combat deployment, unhealthy drinking may be exacerbated by acute stress reactions and injury, including traumatic(More)