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SAMHSA News - September/October 2007, Volume 15, Number 5


What Is NIATx?

NIATx The Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment logo
The Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment (NIATx) teaches drug and alcohol treatment centers to use process improvement strategies to improve access to and retention in addiction treatment.

Less than 10 percent of Americans who need substance abuse treatment each year get the help they need, according to SAMHSA’s 2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. NIATx seeks to change that.

A partnership among SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and other organizations, NIATx helps treatment providers break down barriers to care. The ultimate goal is to improve evidence-based treatment.

NIATx focuses on four specific goals: reducing the time between a request for help and a client’s first treatment session, reducing the number of clients who don’t show up for appointments, increasing the number of treatment admissions, and increasing the number of clients who make it to the fourth treatment session. To achieve these goals, participants tackle one barrier after another in a rapid cycle of identifying a problem, testing solutions, and evaluating results (see What Is Process Improvement?).

For more information about NIATx, visit www.niatx.net/Content/ContentPage.aspx?NID=232, which includes the Resource Guide to Process Improvement and other resources. End of Article

See Part 1: Reducing Wait Time Improves Treatment Access, Retention

See Part 2: Reducing Wait Time Improves Treatment Access, Retention

What Is Process Improvement? »

STAR-SI in Action: South Carolina »

STAR-SI Participants »

ACTION Campaign »

From the Administrator: Striving for Quality…One Step at a Time »

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Inside This Issue
Reducing Wait Time Improves Treatment Access, Retention
Part 1
Part 2
What Is NIATx?
What Is Process Improvement?
STAR-SI in Action: South Carolina
STAR-SI Participants
 ACTION Campaign
From the Administrator: Striving for Quality…
One Step at a Time


Grant Awards Announced

NSDUH: Prescription Drugs Still a Concern

Celebrating Recovery Month

Workplace Report: Employees & Drug Use

Workplace Helpline Active

Co-Occurring Disorders: Integrating Services

Science and Service Awards

CMHS Advisory Council: New Members Named

Presidential Award Bestowed

Prevention Journal Spotlights Homelessness, Mental Illness

TAP 29: Managing Treatment System Performance

Criminal Justice & Treatment: New Brochure


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SAMHSA News - September/October 2007, Volume 15, Number 5