Project TEXT, a study funded through the UCSF Clinical Translational Science Institute, explored with justice-involved youth, their caregivers and justice and clinical professionals how SMS texts sent to adolescents and caregivers could support justice-involved youth in the community attend and adhere to their mental health and/or substance use-related treatment appointments. See our published work on this project HERE.
Project TEXT 2, a study funded through the National Institute on Drug Abuse (PI Tolou-Shams, K24 DA046569), is currently underway to examine outcomes of the SMS text messaging intervention with a larger group of justice-involved youth and caregivers: Do appointment reminders through SMS text-messaging intervention to caregivers and youth help youth attend their appointments? Do motivational SMS text messages (“coaching”) to youth and caregivers help youth engage more in their required and monitored community-based care? Bay Area justice-involved youth, ages 13-18, and their caregivers who have been referred for community-based mental health and/or substance use-related services are eligible to participate in Project TEXT 2.