Building a Lasting Foundation to Advance Actionable Research on Recovery Support Services for High Risk Individuals with Opioid Use Disorder: The Initiative for Justice and Emerging Adult Populations (the JEAP Initiative).

Full website for the JEAP Initiative coming soon.

About the JEAP Initiative

The JEAP Initiative is a five-year project funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The project’s goal is to advance research on the effectiveness of recovery support services, specifically peer supports and recovery residences. The project focuses on two populations: emerging adults (young adults) and adults of any age who were involved with the juvenile or adult justice system. Including people with lived experience (in recovery from substance use and/or formerly involved with the justice system) is a high priority for all activities of this project.

The JEAP Initiative is a partnership between the Oregon Social Learning Center, the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Sponsors Inc.

The JEAP Initiative Team:

Ashli Sheidow, a Senior Research Scientist at OSLC, researches treatments for mental health and substance use problems in teens and emerging adults, particularly those who are involved in the justice system. She’s also focused on effective ways to get evidence-based practices into the “real world,” especially through improving training and support for community-based providers.



Paul Solomon is the Executive Director at Sponsor, Inc. in Eugene, Oregon.  Since 1973 Sponsors’ has been providing reentry services to people with criminal histories.   Mr. Solomon has worked at Sponsors for over 18 years and has served as Executive Director since 2011.   The agency operates 20 buildings on 6 sites with over 240 beds of transitional and permanent housing and supportive programs for people with criminal histories.  Mr. Solomon is dedicated to positive systemic change in the criminal justice system using research-based programs and interventions.



Mike McCartMike McCart, a Senior Research Scientist at OSLC, is a licensed clinical psychologist with specialized training in cognitive, behavioral, and family systems approaches to treating serious problems in adolescents and emerging adults. His research centers on enhancing behavioral health services for two high-risk populations: (1) adolescents and emerging adults with substance use and co-occurring behavior problems and (2) victims of interpersonal violence.



Maryann Davis is a Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology), Director of the Implementation Science and Practice Advances Research Center, and Director of the Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is a research psychologist focused on transition-age youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions and substance use disorders. Her research addresses three areas: (1) helping youth complete schooling and launch their adult work lives, (2) developing and testing interventions that are tailored to their individual and developmental needs, including youth and young adults involved with the justice system, and (3) identifying and addressing systemic barriers to good treatment, supports, and services for them.


Jason Chapman, a Senior Research Scientist at OSLC, is a clinical psychologist by training, and specializes in research design, measurement, and statistical methods. His research includes studies that evaluate the efficacy, effectiveness, dissemination, and implementation of EPBs in mental health, juvenile justice, and child welfare settings.



Jacqueline Bruce, a Research Scientist at OSLC, focuses her research on the impact of early adverse experiences, such as child maltreatment and multiple caregiver disruptions, on the development of young children. She is particularly interested in the development of behavioral regulation (or the ability to voluntarily regulate one’s behavior to meet the demands of the situation) and the underlying neural systems.



Tess Drazdowski, a licensed psychologist and Research Scientist at OSLC, focuses her research and clinical work on important topics for underserved and at-risk populations. Most recently, her research has concentrated on the misuse of prescription drugs, cannabis, and polysubstance use with a strong focus on young adults. She is interested in investigating how to improve access to evidence-based practices for youth and young adults with substance use and mental health problems, particularly for those with justice system involvement.



Michelle Cruz is a Project Coordinator at OSLC, working with the JEAP Initiative. She previously worked in higher education, helping young adults achieve their educational goals.




Overview of Community Boards

Throughout the five years of the JEAP Initiative, three Community Boards will guide the work of this project:

  • The Emerging Adult Board will include young adults (age 16-25) who are in recovery from substance use
  • The Justice Involved Board will include adults of any age who are in recovery and who have former or current involvement with the juvenile or adult justice system.
  • The Providers and Payors Board will include staff from organizations that provide or pay for recovery support services.

Through monthly meetings, each of these boards will:

  • Give input on what the research priorities should be around recovery support services, in particular peer recovery supports and recovery residences
  • Give input into the selection process for early career scientists who will participate in training and fellowship programs
  • Help decide which pilot studies focused on recovery support services receive funding and give input on the focus of the research
  • Give input into how research findings are shared with different communities

Overview of the role of a Community Board member:

Emerging Adult Community Board
Justice-Involved Community Board

Application Deadline:

The application deadline is December 7, but early applications are encouraged. Seats on the boards are limited and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are submitted.

Fill out the brief application form here: 

Feel free to reach out to the JEAP team with the form below: