IRETA to House National ATTC SBIRT; The Danya Institute to Serve as Regional ATTC
October 22, 2012
In late September the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) announced that the Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions (IRETA) and The Danya Institute in Washington, DC are recipients of the five-year Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) grants. IRETA will serve as a national focus center on Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) and The Danya Institute will act as ATTC for Region 3, which includes Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Delaware, the District of Columbia, and Maryland.
For the 2012-17 grant period, the national ATTC Network was reconfigured into 10 regions rather than 14, as it had been previously divided. Also for the first time, the network includes four national focus centers: SBIRT, Frontier and Rural, Hispanic-Latino, and American Indian/Alaskan Native. Between 2007 and 2012, IRETA served as the Northeast ATTC, comprised of Pennsylvania and New York.
The purpose of the ATTC Network remains the same – to develop and strengthen the workforce that provides addictions treatment and recovery support services to those in need. Led by Dr. Holly Hagle, the National SBIRT ATTC at IRETA will ensure the coordination of multiple national SBIRT initiatives and produce a SBIRT suite of services to advance the adoption of SBIRT practices within systems. As in the past, IRETA’s work will have a strong basis in the latest implementation science using the ATTC Network’s technology transfer model.
IRETA will continue working to strengthen the addictions workforce with training and technical assistance, with a particular focus on SBIRT. The addiction treatment workforce has a vital role to play in the SBIRT model and can be used to extend services in a variety of settings. An addiction workforce trained to use the SBIRT model will be prepared for jobs in non-traditional settings such as primary care centers and hospital emergency departments, which is increasingly relevant as health care reform progresses. IRETA will continue to offer a range of services related to behavioral health topics including training and technical assistance, applied research and evaluation, curriculum development, and quality improvement consultation.
Read more about ATTC-SBIRT at http://iretablog.org/2012/10/12/iretas-new-grants-spur-sbirt-advancement/. Read more about the Region 3 ATTC at http://www.danyainstitute.org/2012/10/a-message-from-the-executive-director/. More information about the ATTC Network is available at http://www.attcnetwork.org.
Provided by Jessica Williams, Project Director, IRETA