Performance Improvement 2000. Substance Abuse Treatment

01/01/2000

Evaluation of Opioid Treatment Program Accreditation Project

The Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) and other federal agencies are developing a regulatory framework for opioid substitution therapy that will change the current regulatory system for monitoring opioid treatment programs (OTPs) to an accreditation/regulatory approach. Over a five year period, CSAT will conduct and evaluate a phase-in program to obtain information that will aid in the full implementation of the new system. The goal of the evaluation is to obtain information that can guide the full national implementation of the new system for OTPs through systematic study of the processes, barriers, costs associated with a change from regulatory to an accreditation/regulatory process, and various other impacts.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Center for Substance Abuse Treatment

FEDERAL CONTACT: Diesenhaus, Herman, Ph.D.
301-443-6575

PIC ID: 6739

PERFORMER: Research Triangle Park
Research Triangle Park, NC

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 9/29/2002

National Evaluation Data Services

The National Evaluation Data Services (NEDS) was established to increase the number of scientifically based analyses to answer vital questions in the substance abuse treatment field. NEDS represents part of an overall CSAT evaluation strategy that builds upon prior findings and seeks to mine existing data whose potential has not been fully explored. One objective of the NEDS project is to provide a wide array of data management and scientific support services across various program and evaluation activities, including an information system of available data related to the evaluation of substance abuse treatment. Another objective is to provide CSAT with a flexible analytical capability to use existing data to address policy-relevant questions about substance abuse treatment, and to clearly articulate the resulting analyses as they relate to policy through fact sheets, evaluation summaries, technical reports, methods development documents and technical guidance documents.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Center for Substance Abuse Treatment

FEDERAL CONTACT: Smith, Ron
301-443-7730

PIC ID: 5994.4

PERFORMER: Caliber Associates
Fairfax, VA

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 9/30/2001

Persistent Effects of Treatment Studies (PETS)

The purpose of PETS is to evaluate the long-term effectiveness (up to thirty-six months) of substance abuse treatment services provided through a series of CSAT grants and cooperative agreements, and to conduct a number of special studies and policy analyses that address specific drugs of abuse, methods of treatment, populations, or policy issues. The primary follow-up studies will involve obtaining information at selected follow-up periods for persons who have completed the index treatment episode and for whom historical, intake and treatment exit data are available.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Center for Substance Abuse Treatment

FEDERAL CONTACT: Smith, Ron
301-443-7730

PIC ID: 6738

PERFORMER: Westat, Inc.
Rockville, MD

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 9/30/2002

State Substance Abuse Managed Care Evaluation Program

The State Substance Abuse Managed Care Evaluation Project will evaluate the effects of managed care on mental health and substance abuse services in five States. Each of these five State studies will inform future behavioral health care policy.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Center for Substance Abuse Treatment

FEDERAL CONTACT: Dilonardo, Joan
301-443-8555

PIC ID: 6454

PERFORMER: Brandeis University
Waltham, MA

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 7/31/2001

Treatment Improvement Protocols Field Evaluation

More than 25 Treatment Improvement Protocols (TIPs) have been distributed to the public. The purpose of TIPs is to transfer protocols and guidelines for the treatment of alcohol and other drug (AOD) abuse from acknowledged clinical, evaluation and administrative experts to the nation's AOD treatment field. Institution of a field evaluation is needed to: (1) assess the extent to which target audiences realize, read and implement TIPs; and (2) learn ways to strengthen the development, formatting, marketing, dissemination, use and evaluation of TIPs to ensure effective use of future Federal resources devoted to TIPs. The overall objective of the proposed evaluation is to learn the impact of TIPs on the substance abuse treatment field. The study will examine methods of dissemination used by CSAT, the success of those methods in reaching the target audiences, users' perceptions of the value of TIPs, decisions to implement TIPs, and the successes, correlates and barriers associated with implementation.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Center for Substance Abuse Treatment

FEDERAL CONTACT: Mulvey, Kevin, Ph.D.
301-443-9472

PIC ID: 6737

PERFORMER: Johnson, Bassin and Shaw, Inc.
Silver Spring, MD

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 9/20/2001