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Date: October 19, 2001
Contact: Ivette Torres\SAMHSA Media 
Phone: 301-443-5052


 

$2.5 Million Awarded in Cooperative Agreements To Improve Substance Abuse Treatment Services

 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) awarded $2.5 million in grants to help community-based substance abuse treatment providers and researchers identify local needs and develop appropriate treatment strategies.

The grants are funded under CSAT's Practice Improvement Collaboratives which are designed to set an agenda to improve addiction services and facilitate the adoption of evidence-based treatment practices. The collaboratives involve multiple local stakeholders, including substance abuse treatment providers, researchers, recovery community members and policy makers. They also serve as a vehicle to provide information, technical assistance and training on the implementation of evidence-based treatment and service delivery practices to community treatment providers and other stakeholders.

"The most effective treeatment programs are tailored to local needs with strong community support," health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson said. "These grants will help strengthen community partnerships to better serve those in need of substance abuse treatment in community across the country."

"It is really important that local communities unite behind the treatment programs they need, and that these programs use the latest information and techniques to treat those who suffer from addiction to alcohol or drugs," said SAMHSA Acting Administrator Joseph M. Autry, III, M.D.

CSAT Director H. Westley Clark, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., noted that "CSAT's Practice/Research Collaborative (PRC) program is designed to insure that researchers focus on the problems identified as priorities by treatment providers, and that treatment providers utilize research findings to improve the effectiveness of substance abuse treatment services. This will advance the field's National Treatment Plan Initiative's goal to commit to quality."

Awards were made to:

Linkage Interaction Knowledge Exchange Project - $393,381. This cooperative agreement with the UCLA Drug Abuse Research Center supports a partnership of local community organizations in South Central Los Angeles, researchers, consumers and representatives of the Los Angeles County Alcohol and Drug Program Administration. The grantee will conduct a series of knowledge exchange and knowledge adoption activities and studies, including the implementation and evaluation of Africentric Motivational Interviewing, a treatment protocol for persons with physical and cognitive disabilities, and a Spanish version of the Matrix Model for substance abuse treatment that can be used by programs serving Latinos.

Chicago Practice Improvement Collaborative Implementation Program - $381,484. This cooperative agreement with the Illinois Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC) will develop and sustain lasting partnerships among Chicago-area researchers, practitioners, policy makers and consumers. The grantee will conduct programs to improve the adoption of evidence-based practices, and exchange knowledge about practice-relevant research and technologies.

Substance Abuse Services Alliance of Greater New Orleans - $272,961. This cooperative agreement with the Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse of the Greater New Orleans area supports a partnership of community based treatment providers, researchers, consumers and policymakers. Project implementation efforts target adolescents and previously incarcerated substance involved offenders. The grantee will conduct programs to promote the adoption of evidence based practices.

Nevada Practice Improvement Collaborative Implementation Program - $399,525. This cooperative agreement with the University of Nevada is a joint effort of substance abuse practitioners, researchers, policy makers, educators and consumers to improve the quality of treatment services by increasing the adoption of evidence based practices. The project will focus on the issues of stigma, client engagement, substance abusing juvenile offenders and treatment outcomes.

North Carolina Practice Improvement Collaborative - $397,509. This cooperative agreement with the Governor's Institute on Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Inc. will oversee the development and implementation of a statewide clinically-based practice improvement agenda; expand and strengthen the integration of a statewide network of community-based substance abuse providers, researchers, educators, policymakers, advocates, and consumers; conduct knowledge adoption studies, and conduct evaluations for regional consortia to improve the implementation of promising research-based practices.

Oregon Practice Improvement Collaborative - $398,580. This cooperative agreement with Oregon Health Sciences University unites community-based treatment organizations, consumers, researchers, policy makers, educators and other stakeholders to increase the usefulness of research in treating substance abuse. The grantee will conduct forums on dual diagnosis, motivational interviewing and other priority needs and activities and studies on the use of organizational change strategies to implement motivational interviewing.

Pennsylvania Practice Improvement Collaborative - $322,300 . This cooperative agreement with the Institute for Research, Education, and Training (IRETA) will work with policymakers, providers, researchers, consumers, funders, persons representing culturally specific groups and community service programs to promote the adoption of evidenced-based practices. The grantee will conduct programs of knowledge exchange, promote the adoption of evidenced-based treatment interventions, and conduct studies on effective implementation methods.

CSAT is a component of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). 

 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a public health agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the lead federal agency for improving the quality and availability of substance abuse prevention, addiction treatment and mental health services in the United States. Information on SAMHSA's programs is available on the Internet at www.samhsa.gov

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