Top Five NIATx Promising Practices

Submitted by: 02/17/2017 by Maureen Fitzgerald

The NIATx Resource Center offers nearly 70 promising practices that you can try out when conducting improvement projects in your organization. In 2016, the following Promising Practices made our Top Five list for number of page views:

1. Follow up With No-Shows

  • Clients don’t show for appointments, and no one finds out why or tries to reschedule.

2. Avoid Friday Admissions

  • Clients leave treatment if they start before the weekend when residential treatment provides too little structure and support.

3. Adjust Staff Schedules to Meet Client Demand

  • There are not enough slots that are convenient for clients or the wrong mix of services is available, making it difficult for clients to schedule an appointment or continue in treatment.

4. Use Motivational Incentives

  • Many clients need additional incentives to attend assessment, intake, and treatment sessions.

5. Help Eliminate Barriers to Treatment

  • Clients are unable to overcome barriers to treatment on their own, even when willing, and drop out of treatment.

Learn more about the NIATx model and how to test promising practices by attending the Spring 2017 NIATx Change Leader Academy, April 25-26, 2017, in Madison, WI.  Click here for more information.

Have you tried these or any other NIATx Promising Practices? Share your story! Contact Maureen Fitzgerald, NIATx Editor:

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