Paths to Recovery: Changing the Process of Care for Substance Abuse Programs

The Foundation's initiative, Paths to Recovery: Changing the Process of Care for Substance Abuse Programs, was designed to strengthen the addiction treatment system's ability to successfully use process improvement techniques toward increasing patients' access to and retention in addiction treatment programs.The purpose of this project is to: (1) streamline inpatient admission processes to reduce waiting time; (2) improve outpatient engagement and retention skills and treatment methods so that teens and parents will be admitted quickly and stay in treatment; (3) build an information-gathering and feedback system that will collect clinical and process data and enable quick and efficient retrieval and analysis of data; (4) participate in a treatment methodology called Dialectical Behavioral Therapy of which one goal is to improve retention and attendance of clients in the treatment setting; (5) reorganize the management system to ensure good communication and consistency across several new and geographically distant treatment programs; (6) adopt the process improvement methodology as a management model; and (7) provide training and apprenticeships for younger managerial candidates who will replace the core group of older managers as they reach retirement age.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $179,556.00

Awarded on: 8/28/2003

Time frame: 9/1/2003 - 6/30/2006

Grant Number: 49456


Daybreak of Spokane

11707 East Sprague, D4
Spokane Valley, 99206-6110


Richard A. Miles
Project Director