Strengthening Treatment Access and Retention State Initiatives

The Strengthening Treatment Access and Retention - State Initiatives (STAR - SI) is a partnership with the federal Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center on Substance Abuse Treatment designed to test the approach and lessons from the Foundation's Network to Improve Addiction Treatment (NIATx) at the state level. The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) will implement three peer learning networks to improve access and retention rates among outpatient providers in New York City and Long Island, using the process improvement approach of NIATx. In addition, OASAS will establish a statewide learning collaborative open to all providers. OASAS will participate fully in SAMHSA's cooperative agreement, STAR - SI, which is a joint venture with RWJF's Advancing Recovery program. Over the three-year project cycle, OASAS will collaborate with the local government units in New York City, Nassau County and Suffolk County to create the infrastructure to sustain the NIATx networks beyond the life of the grant. OASAS will also develop a pay for performance model for pilot testing in the third year of the grant. Through this project, OASAS will implement the NIATx approach and lessons, in partnership with SAMHSA and RWJF, in three provider networks, as a prelude to statewide deployment of the NIATx model.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $450,000.00

Awarded on: 12/1/2006

Time frame: 12/1/2006 - 5/31/2010

Grant Number: 59064


Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc.

1051 Riverside Drive
New York, 10032-1007


Susan Brandau
Project Director