New NIATx Project Builds on Advancing Recovery

Submitted by: 10/10/2011 by Maureen Fitzgerald

Advancing Recovery (AR): State and Provider Partnerships for Quality Addiction Care was a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. AR promoted the use of evidence-based practices (EBPs) such as medication-assisted treatment through innovative partnerships between treatment providers and state substance abuse authorities. NIATx served as the national program office for AR, in conjunction with the Treatment Research Institute.  One of the key outcomes of AR was a systems change model to address policy, funding, and practice issues that affect the adoption of EBPs.

In a new NIATx project, the Medication Research Partnership, 12 addiction treatment centers in Pennsylvania and Aetna Behavioral Health will use the AR systems change model to increase the number of patients receiving medication-assisted treatment for alcohol or opioid dependence. The 22-month project launched in September. It aims to help the participating treatment centers adopt MAT and assess its impact on healthcare utilization and expenditures. The study team will also conduct qualitative interviews and document strategies that promote or inhibit the implementation of MAT. 

For more information on the project, please contact Jay Ford, NIATx Director of Research, at

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