E-News Update
May 2006

In This Issue

NIATx and TRI Partner for New RWJF Initiative Advancing Recovery
Advancing Recovery Program

As part of its efforts to improve addiction treatment quality, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) selected the Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment (NIATx) to serve as the National Program Office (NPO) for its new Advancing Recovery program. Advancing Recovery is an $11 million initiative to promote the use of evidence-based practices in clinical settings through innovative partnerships between providers and single state agencies. Six state-provider partnerships will be selected to participate in a learning network that will provide technical assistance and coaching to participants to improve the delivery of addiction treatment. Funding will support the process of making changes at both the state and provider levels to maximize the implementation of proven addiction treatment practices. [READ MORE]

NIATx Presentations

  • July 9-12
    First SAAS National Conference for Executives and Senior Managers in Addiction Services. Sponsored by State Associations of Addiction Service
    Chicago, IL

    CLICK HERE for program information, registration, and hotel reservations.

Vanguard Services Unlimited, Inc.: Celebrating Success

This case study describes the process used by the Phoenix Program, one of Vanguardís 11 programs, to improve continuation in residential treatment. By using rapid cycle testing, the team identified effective ways to increase retention, specifically in the first two weeks of treatment. By decreasing the number of unplanned discharges that occurred within the first 14 days of treatment from 11% of monthly admissions to 6%, the Phoenix Change Team has made a significant contribution to the organizationís financial viability. [READ MORE]

Using Metaphors to Explore Continuous Improvement

Organizations face tough, recurring questions as they adopt, nurture, and spread a culture of continuous process improvement. How do we balance productivity and creativity? How do we reduce the burden of measuring what matters? These questions resonate with experienced Change Leaders and Executive Sponsors ,as they influence not only the success of specific change initiatives, but also broader issues such as workforce development, employee turnover, and the organizationís financial bottom line. [READ MORE]

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