Addiction Services Executives Learn about Measurement and Quality Improvement

Workshops on measurement and quality improvement at the second annual National Conference for Executives and Senior Managers in Addiction Services

The Second Annual State Associations of Addiction Services National Conference for Executives and Senior Managers in Addiction Services took place July 8–11, 2007, in Chicago.

The conference focused on issues of organizational capacity, quality, management, budget, policy and other key concerns of senior program leaders. Five plenary sessions and almost 30 workshops provided a total of 15 hours of continuing education credits under four different credentialing organizations.

Approximately 370 chief executive officers, program directors and other leaders of prevention and treatment programs for substance use disorders attended.

Key Results:

  • Sessions covered important developments at the national level, including:
    • The National Quality Forum's (NQF) Practice Guidelines
    • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) National Registry of Effective Programs and Practices (NREPP)
    • Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment
    • Recommendations of the Institute of Medicine's Crossing the Quality Chasm report
  • Workshops in the Quality Improvement Track included:
    • National Prevention and Treatment Best Practices; You Need to Know About NREPP and NQF
    • Integrating With the Medical System Through Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)
    • The NIATx Approach: State and Provider Cooperation to Improve Quality
    • The NIATx ACTION Campaign: The Role of State Associations
    • What's So Difficult About Implementing Effective Clinical Supervision?
  • Other workshop tracks covered information technology (four workshops) and workforce issues (six workshops).

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