This grant provides technical assistance funding to Join Together for a new initiative to help increase the number of substance abusers getting into treatment. To accomplish this goal, Join Together will pursue three overarching objectives: getting more substance abusers to seek treatment; enhancing the availability of treatment at the community level; and improving the policy environment for substance abuse treatment. Sustained progress against substance abuse is dependent upon improvement in understanding and action related to substance abuse treatment. Join Together is an organization created by the Foundation in 1991 to develop strategic approaches to reducing alcohol and drug abuse. Since its creation, Join Together has assumed a widely recognized leadership role nationally. The project will use a multipronged strategy: (1) expanding its Web site to distribute new tools for leaders at the community level and for people wanting treatment/recovery help and information; (2) designing and implementing targeted media campaigns to drive up the demand for treatment; (3) promulgating policy research and recommendations that address the major barriers to treatment expansion and improvement; (4) refocusing its print communications to aim at local decision makers that can impact the treatment systems within communities; (5) convening conferences, seminars, and working groups to learn lessons and develop consensus on key issues and partnerships for joint action; and (6) providing intensive support to 21 communities per year, over 2 to 3 years, to develop and implement strategies to expand treatment/recovery that are based on real local data and market conditions.
Amount Awarded $6,000,000.00
Awarded on: 2/14/2000
Time frame: 5/1/2000 - 6/30/2003
Grant Number: 37337