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NIATx eNews Update

July 2018

NIATx Director Todd Molfenter

Todd Molfenter presents at NIDA

NIATx Director Todd Molfenter, Ph.D. served as a scientific expert for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) HEALing Communities Study Design Workshop on June 18, 2018. The purpose of this meeting was to provide input on how to plan a research initiative designed to reduce deaths due to opioid overdose. Molfenter presented on implementation science strategies applied in his recent research projects focused on increasing use of medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorders.

NIATx Projects Update

NIATx Wisconsin Mental Health Readmissions Collaborative

The NIATx Wisconsin Mental Health Readmissions Collaborative Round IX is underway. The project launched in January 2018 with a kick-off meeting. Change teams in 16 Wisconsin counties are testing promising practices to reduce psychiatric readmissions. Teams have received monthly coaching calls and will report on their projects at a close-out meeting in October 2018.

NIATx in Dental Settings: New Pilot Study

NIATx has proved successful in a range of health and human services settings, but has not yet been tested in dental settings-a realm where no-shows remain a challenging issue.
Persistent no-shows within dental care settings can have damaging effects on both the patient and the clinic. To patients, no-shows may translate into reduced access and quality of dental care. For clinics, no-shows decrease productivity and revenue.
To address this issue, Dr. Todd Molfenter and Dr. Christopher Okunseri are leading a pilot study conducted jointly between the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Marquette University, and the Medical College of Wisconsin. A learning collaborative of community-based dental clinics is using the NIATx approach to improve show rates and dental health outcomes, particularly for underserved populations.

NIATx Collaborative in California: Welfare to Work

Five organizations in Los Angeles County project are testing the NIATx model in county-funded welfare-to-work mental health programs. The pilot project began with a one-day kick-off session in October 2017 and was followed by monthly coaching support from Beth Rutkowski, expert NIATx coach and co-Director of the Pacific Southwest ATTC. Change projects are focused on improving engagement and retention and reducing no-shows. Participants will share their results at a half-day completion conference in September 2018.

Watch the NIATx E-news for updates on these projects!

Jay Ford, PhD

Research Published

Dr. Jay Ford is leading a study, along with Dr. Mark McGovern, to test the effectiveness of the NIATx model in implementing integrated health care services for people with co-occurring disorders. 50 agencies in Washington state are participating in the project. In the first phase of the project, half of the agencies apply the NIATx model, while the other half is wait-listed. In the second phase of the project, the wait-listed group applies NIATx, while the initial group works on a sustainment phase. The study protocol was recently published in BMC Health Services Research.

Ford, J. H., Osborne, E. L., Assefa, M. T., McIlvaine, A. M., King, A. M., Campbell, K., & McGovern, M. P. (2018). Using NIATx strategies to implement integrated services in routine care: a study protocol. BMC health services research, 18(1), 431.

Training Events

NIATx Change Leader Academy-Wisconsin

July 25, 2018
Pyle Center, Madison, WI

July 2018 Webinars

How to Implement Cultural Competence and the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS)

July 11, 2018
Presenter: Harold Gates, MSSW, CISW, HS-BCP
President, Co-founder
Midwest Center for Cultural Competence

Improving implementation of evidence-based innovations for substance use

July 17, 2018
Presenter: Bryan Garner, PhD

Alternatives to Using Opioids for Pain Management

July 19, 2018
Presenter: Dr. Michael McNett

Syndemics Part 2: What Infectious Disease Providers Need to Know About Addiction Treatment

July 19, 2018
Presenter: Dr. Ryan Westergaard

The Massachusetts General Hospital Substance Use Disorders Initiative: A Health Systems Approach to Treating Addiction as a Chronic Disease

July 23, 2018
Presenters: Dr. Sarah Wakeman and Dr. Martha Kane

All webinars are recorded and available for viewing on the Great Lakes ATTC webpage, Recorded Webinars

To see our complete schedule of training events, visit the Great Lakes ATTC Training and Events Calendar

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