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September/October 2009, Volume 17, Number 5 

TAP 31: Treatment Programs: Guidance for Change

What’s the best way for substance abuse treatment programs to integrate evidence-based practices (EBPs) into their services and improve client outcomes?

A recent publication from SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Technical Assistance Publication (TAP) 31, offers expert guidance.

TAP 31, Implementing Change in Substance Abuse Treatment Programs, provides managers, therapists, and others working in treatment facilities with strategies for including and using EBPs in ways that accommodate an organization’s specific needs, goals, and culture.

Cover of TAP 31—click to view publication

Tested and proven to work effectively, EBPs can be an invaluable asset to practitioners in the field.

Difficult, but Rewarding

Change is not always easy. Those who manage treatment programs are often operating on a shoestring budget, and even well-meaning personnel can perceive change as inconvenient or impractical.

But, according to TAP 31, the rewards of integrating EBPs can be great. Some EBPs may be able to streamline administrative work and make treatment more cost-effective. Others may increase client access to treatment. The most important result is the improvement of client outcomes.

TAP 31 encourages a facility’s entire staff to join in the change process to re-energize everyone involved.

To order a print copy of TAP 31, Implementing Change in Substance Abuse Treatment Programs, call SAMHSA’s Health Information Network at 1-877-SAMHSA-7 (1-877-726-4727), and ask for publication number SMA09-4377.

Download TAP 31.To find more publications in the TAP series, visit SAMHSA’s Knowledge Application Program (KAP) Web site.


  Cover Story & Related Articles  
Recovery: A Philosophy of Hope and Resilience

Recovery: A Philosophy of Hope and Resilience




  Treatment Updates  
Treating Alcohol Disorders with Medication

Treating Alcohol Disorders with Medication

A set of guidelines for use of effective medications, such as naltrexone.

Guidance for Change

Guidance for Change

Substance abuse treatment programs: Here’s a way to integrate evidence-based practices into their services.

Treating Opioid Addiction

Treating Opioid Addiction

Three new educational brochures for patients on medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction are available.


  Suicide Awareness  
Dealing with Suicide Loss

Dealing with Suicide Loss

To help support survivors of suicide loss, a new guide for funeral directors.

National Study on Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors

National Study on Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors

Nearly 8.3 million adults had serious thoughts of suicide in the past year.


  Grants  
Recent Awards

Recent Awards

Millions of dollars in SAMHSA funding is heading to state and community programs.

Tips on Writing a Winning Proposal

Tips on Writing a Winning Proposal

Boost your chances of crafting a winning grant proposal by following an expert’s advice.


  Communications  
Highlights of Recent Conference

Highlights of Recent Conference

New ways to engage partners and the public in improving health through an ongoing dialogue.

Strategic Communications Framework

Public health practice aligns with evidence-based communications to help establish “a common language.”


  Recovery Month  
Recovery Month Launched

Recovery Month Launched

20th anniversary events across the country marked this year’s celebrations, which included a march across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Photo Gallery

SAMHSA’s Dr. Westley Clark, Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, joined other VIPs to celebrate.


  New Survey Data  
National Survey Shows Overall Drug Use Steady at 8 Percent

National Survey Shows Overall Drug Use Steady at 8 Percent

Among 12- to 17-year-olds, a significant decline was reported in past-month illicit drug use.


  Prevention Update  
FASD Awareness Day

FASD Awareness Day

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day emphasized the message, “If you’re pregnant, don’t drink alcohol.”


  Special Populations  

Hispanics

An annual average of 2.6 million Hispanics age 12 or older needed alcohol use treatment in the past year.

American Indians

A recent report examines the 335 identified facilities serving the American Indian and Alaska Native population in 2007.

Race and Ethnicity

New data focus on the need for treatment for substance use and depression among adults age 18 or older by race/ethnicity.


  Also in this Issue  
Statistics on Mental Health Groups

Statistics on Mental Health Groups

Of the 28.8 million adults who received mental health treatment in the past year, about 5.5 percent also received support from a self-help group.

Science and Service Awards

Science and Service Awards

Categories for this year’s awards to 27 organizations included substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery support services, and more.

GlassBook Project

GlassBook Project

Trauma awareness through art was the topic of a recent presentation as part of SAMHSA’s Consumer Affairs Seminar Series.



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