CESAR is one of the nation’s premier university-based research institutes addressing issues related to alcohol and other drugs. CESAR’s multidisciplinary research team comprises epidemiologists, sociologists, psychologists, criminologists, statisticians, and demographic experts. This expert team enables CESAR to:
- Monitor drug trends
- Conduct policy-relevant research
- Design drug-prevention programs
- Evaluate drug-prevention, intervention, and treatment programs
- Provide technical assistance to state and local agencies
- Train students in substance abuse research methods and policy analysis
CESAR has an extensive history of survey research among adult and juvenile criminal justice populations, drug treatment clients, substance abuse experts, and the general population. CESAR has worked effectively with professionals from public health, legislative, law enforcement, and drug treatment institutions to understand developments in drug use trends and epidemiology and to help evaluate and formulate program and policy responses to problems associated with drug use.
CESAR’s recent accomplishments include:
- Developing a statewide resource website (www.mdcsl.org) to assist professionals and community members in locating community services,
including health, social service, and criminal justice programs.
- Piloting an innovative program of expanded testing of Maryland
probationer/parolee urine specimens, utilizing samples already being
routinely collected by Department of Parole and Probation staff.
- Overseeing the collection, interpretation, and dissemination of indicators of
ATOD use and related consequences as part of the Maryland and Washington, DC,
State Epidemiological Outcome Workgroups (SEOWs).
- Representing Maryland and Washington, DC, at the Community Epidemiology Workgroup (CEWG) meetings.
- Assisting the State and local Drug and Alcohol Abuse Councils' efforts to develop and implement treatment and prevention strategies and measure effectiveness over time.