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Brandeis Hosts Conference on Improving Quality in Massachusetts Substance Abuse Treatment Programs

September 13, 2006

Nearly 200 substance abuse treatment clinicians, researchers and policy makers attended a conference at Brandeis on Wednesday, September 13, 2006, on “Improving Quality in Massachusetts Substance Abuse Treatment Programs Through Evidence-Based Practices and Performance Measures.” The conference was sponsored by the Brandeis/Harvard NIDA Research Center, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, and AdCare Educational Institute.

“This conference represents another critical step towards improving the quality of substance abuse treatment services in Massachusetts,” said Michael Botticelli, M.Ed., Assistant Commissioner for Substance Abuse Services at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. “The Bureau of Substance Abuse Services continues to focus on those practices that we know to be effective, and the conference has been an excellent opportunity to share that knowledge with providers who are doing the frontline work with people with substance use disorders.”

Through panel discussions and presentations, conference attendees participated in stimulating discussions about program quality improvement. Leading researchers and practitioners in the field highlighted evidence-based practices, the process for engaging in organizational change and technology transfer, the use of performance indicators to measure outcomes, and practical information about the process of adopting evidence-based approaches.

“It is critically important that measuring how we are doing becomes part of the quality improvement process in substance abuse treatment,” said Constance Horgan, Sc.D., Director of the Institute for Behavioral Health of the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy and Professor at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management.

Click here to view the conference presentations.

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