Establishing a national resource center on quality in addiction treatment

In the last five years, the Foundation has made progress following a cohesive strategy to improve the quality of publicly oriented addiction treatment in the U.S. Definition and measurement of quality, delivery and financing system changes; policy development, and defining consumer focused care were primary components of the strategy. These components were supported by Foundation investments, including: Paths to Recovery; Resources for Recovery; Faces and Voices of Recovery; Advancing Recovery; National Quality Forum, Cross System Financing Strategies, and Substance Abuse Policy Research Program. The Foundation work also developed and engaged federal level partners in the strategy, leading to two demonstration initiatives, and two large NIH research projects that focus on using system redesign to improve access and retention in treatment. Together these initiatives directly stimulated improvements in more than 400 local addiction treatment agencies in 36 states. More important, the first phase of the independent evaluation conducted by Oregon Health and Sciences University found: (1) a 37 percent reduction in time to treatment; and (2) a 17 percent improvement in retention in treatment across outpatient, intensive outpatient and residential treatment settings. The National Resource Center on Quality in Addiction Treatment will institutionalize and disseminate the lessons from RWJF investments to improve the quality of addiction treatment. This project represents a 'capstone' investment by RWJF as it changes its strategy in alcohol and drug prevention and treatment.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $2,044,966.00

Awarded on: 2/7/2007

Time frame: 2/15/2007 - 8/31/2011

Grant Number: 59714


University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering

1415 Engineering Drive
Madison, 53706-1607


David H. Gustafson
Project Director