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The Learning Collaborative Model

The NIATx Learning Collaborative Model offers members a variety of services for sharing innovative ideas with each other.

Learning Sessions

At these multi-day conferences, Change Teams convene to learn and gather support, from one another and from outside experts, on changes to make and ways to make them. Participants also learn about new directions for NIATx.

Interest Circles

During Interest Circle teleconference calls, Change Leaders discuss change-related issues and progress. Participants learn and gather support from one another and from outside experts. Interest Circle Calls focus on specific topics, such as the four aims, women-focused treatment, or other specialty programs.


Coaching assigns an expert in process improvement to work with an agency to help it make, sustain, and spread process improvement efforts. These consultations typically focus on executive directors, Change Leaders and Change Teams. Coaches help agencies think through key issues, offer process improvement training, suggest what changes to make and how, and may help broker relationships with other agencies. NIATx faculty experts provide coaching during site visits, monthly phone conferences, and through frequent e-mail communications.

The NIATx Web site

The NIATx Web site is a storehouse of process improvement resources that includes:

  • Promising Practices
    Promising Practices are changes which were tested and shown to be actual improvements by various behavioral health organizations.
  • Process Improvement 101
    In less than 60 minutes, we'll present an overview of the NIATx Process Improvement Model and will prepare you to conduct a Walk-through at your organization.
  • Provider Toolkit
    The NIATx provider toolkit provides a collection of tools and technical support to help you improve access to and retention in treatment at your agency.
  • System-level Toolkit
    This toolkit offers a method, tools, and motivation for implementing a payer/provider Change Project across an entire State or another system.
  • Support Forum
    Where NIATx users can get help from over 4000 provider participants, 100 coaches and university staff. Find an answer in the Instant Help FAQ, post a question or answer other users' questions in the NIATx Support Forum.

NIATx E-News

The NIATx E-News is a monthly newsletter which provides valuable information from the NIATx network. Each issue of the E-News features a story about an agency's experience making process improvements, explains how to use a tool from the Toolbox, and announces upcoming NIATx presentations and workshops.

Click here to sign-up for the NIATx E-News.