Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment
Since 2003, the Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment (NIATx) has worked with treatment providers around the country to make more efficient use of their capacity. Providers have used NIATx's evidence-based practices to reduce wait times by 24% and no-shows by 32%, and increase admissions by 25% and continuations by 14%.
In 2007, funded by a National Institute on Drug Abuse grant, NIATx implemented a research project investigating different levels of provider support called NIATx 200. This intervention focuses on the adoption of specific NIATx process improvement strategies that have shown to improve treatment quality, operations, and finances.
Benefits of Participation
Patients can benefit, as research shows they can be enrolled more quickly, and will be more likely to complete treatment successfully.
Providers will introduce new business practices that can improve organizational efficiency and effectiveness.
Staff will be trained to use tools that can improve operations and finances.
The field will gain, as participating providers can become role models for process improvement collaboratives that help create cultures of change.
Michigan providers who are taking part in this study, are using at least one of the following NIATx services: Learning Sessions (twice-yearly meetings for provider and state change teams), Interest Circles (monthly teleconferences for provider change leaders), Coaching (process improvement experts assigned to work with providers), and/or Website (a repository for improvement resources).
The below posters are from the 2010 Annual Substance Use Disorder Conference, held September 13 & 14.