TAP 31: Treatment Programs: Guidance for Change
What’s the best way for substance abuse treatment programs to integrate evidence-based practices (EBPs) into their services and improve client outcomes?
A recent publication from SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Technical Assistance Publication (TAP) 31, offers expert guidance.
TAP 31, Implementing Change in Substance Abuse Treatment Programs, provides managers, therapists, and others working in treatment facilities with strategies for including and using EBPs in ways that accommodate an organization’s specific needs, goals, and culture.
Tested and proven to work effectively, EBPs can be an invaluable asset to practitioners in the field.
Change is not always easy. Those who manage treatment programs are often operating on a shoestring budget, and even well-meaning personnel can perceive change as inconvenient or impractical.
But, according to TAP 31, the rewards of integrating EBPs can be great. Some EBPs may be able to streamline administrative work and make treatment more cost-effective. Others may increase client access to treatment. The most important result is the improvement of client outcomes.
TAP 31 encourages a facility’s entire staff to join in the change process to re-energize everyone involved.
To order a print copy of TAP 31, Implementing Change in Substance Abuse Treatment Programs, call SAMHSA’s Health Information Network at 1-877-SAMHSA-7 (1-877-726-4727), and ask for publication number SMA09-4377.
Download TAP 31.To find more publications in the TAP series, visit SAMHSA’s Knowledge Application Program (KAP) Web site.