Improving federal and state government policies promoting the implementation of evidence-based treatments by community-based organizations

The Foundation's Substance Abuse Policy Research Program was designed to provide support for investigators to conduct policy research on a variety of subjects directed at helping the country reduce the harm caused by substance abuse.This project is a national study of 500 community-based organizations (CBOs) funded (2003-2007) by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), that will examine factors that facilitated and/or impeded the implementation of their proposed evidence-based treatments (EBTs). Recent CSAT funding requirements mandate that CBOs applying for treatment services grants implement EBT approaches. Given the extensive attention and funding that the federal government is directing to the development and implementation of EBTs, data is needed on the extent to which funded programs with the mandate to implement such practices are actually doing so, and the factors influencing implementation. The goal of this study is to identify results that will be used to improve federal and state substance abuse policies promoting the use of EBTs among CBO treatment providers through the collection and analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data. The key hypothesis to be tested is that treatment organizations with direct links to higher education and/or research institutions will be better able to implement EBTs compared to their counterparts. Simpson and Flynn's (2007) dimensions of organizational change will guide the conduction of additional qualitative and quantitative analyses in areas such as training utilization and needs and efficacy of EBT implementation, and staff attributes and EBT implementation efficacy.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $399,430.00

Awarded on: 8/12/2008

Time frame: 9/1/2008 - 8/31/2012

Grant Number: 65029


Boston University School of Social Work

264 Bay State Road
Boston, 02215-1403

Lena M. Lundgren
Project Director