December 2002

Grant Results

SUMMARY

The Integrated Substance Abuse Programs at the University of California, Los Angeles held a conference, "Blending Clinical Practice and Research: Forging Partnerships to Enhance Drug Addiction Treatment," in Los Angeles, November 1–2, 2000.

Staff at the Integrated Substance Abuse Programs also started a continuing workgroup for Los Angeles County on the same topic.

The conference was largely funded ($250,000) by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provided support that allowed conference organizers to reduce the conference fee from $60–75 to $25 per participant.

Key Results

  • The conference drew 1,000 participants from the fields of substance abuse research, treatment, social services, policy and criminal justice. NIDA director Alan I. Leshner, Ph.D., gave the keynote address.

    The conference featured workshops on 16 topics, including the effect of drugs on the brain and behavior, co-occurring disorders, club drugs, adolescent drug treatment, gender issues and methamphetamine treatment. Papers from the conference were published in a special issue of the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, September 2002. (See the Bibliography for details.)
  • The conference included a meeting, "Forging Partnerships: Next Steps for Los Angeles" that launched the Los Angeles County Partnerships Network, a workgroup designed to promote and expand linkages between university-based researchers and community-based service providers in the substance-abuse field.

    The network has about 50 active members from some three-dozen organizations, ranging from county agencies to the RAND Corporation.
  • During the project, the network held five meetings, attended by an average of 20 members. The network organized around discussions of community service needs, research interests and funding news. Between meetings, staff at the Integrated Substance Abuse Programs worked with network members to develop proposals for collaborative research projects.

    Several network members helped develop the agenda for an April 2001 conference, "Common Ground, Common Language, Common Goals: Bringing Substance Abuse Practice and Research Together," funded by the federal Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.
  • In addition, the network launched a listserv, with more than 300 subscribers including service providers, researchers and policy-makers. The listserv allows network members and others to share information about substance abuse research, treatment, upcoming events and funding opportunities.

    Integrated Substance Abuse Programs staff uses the listserv to disseminate information about articles and reports on substance abuse. A network Web site, includes links to resources, research/practice reports and an interactive directory of professionals working in the substance abuse field in and around Los Angeles County.

Lessons Learned

  1. A third-party "bridger" is critical to research/practice integration. A project co-director (Suzanne Spear) took a community organizing approach — disseminating information, developing linkages and pursuing the development of joint projects — which the project team credits for its success. (Project Co-Director)

Funding
RWJF supported the project with a grant of $44,624 between October 2000 and September 2001.

After the Grant
An article discussing the network will appear in a special issue of the Journal of Drug Issues devoted to the Common Ground conference. (See the Bibliography for details.)

Following the grant period, the network continued to hold regular meetings, and established a workgroup on best practices for substance abuse treatment. The latter is developing an Outpatient Treatment Guideline for use throughout California.

The network has merged with the Los Angeles Practice Improvement Collaborative, another network of community substance abuse treatment providers and researchers, which is funded by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.

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GRANT DETAILS & CONTACT INFORMATION

Project

Regional Conference on Substance Abuse Practice and Research Integration

Grantee

University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles,  CA)

  • Amount: $ 44,624
    Dates: October 2000 to September 2001
    ID#:  040082

Contact

Richard A. Rawson, Ph.D.
(310) 312-0500
matrixex@ucla.edu

Web Site

http://la.ucla.edu

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BIBLIOGRAPHY

(Current as of date of this report; as provided by grantee organization; not verified by RWJF; items not available from RWJF.)

Articles

Journal of Drug Issues, 32(3), 2002. Contains the following articles:

  • Preface: Perspectives from the Conference, "Common Ground, Common Goals, Common Language: Bringing Substance Abuse Practice and Research Together," by Suzanne Spear, Richard A. Rawson.
  • "Bridging the Gap between Substance Abuse Practice and Research: The National Treatment Plan Initiative," by H. Westley Clark.
  • "Connecting Substance Abuse Treatment and Research: 'Let's Make a Deal,'" by Richard A. Rawson, Cheryl Branch.
  • "Integrating Cultural Variables into Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment with Racial/Ethnic Minorities," Felipe Gonzalez Castro, Eduardo Hernandez Alarcon.
  • "Meeting the Treatment Needs of Multiply Diagnosed Consumers," by Lisa Steele, Elke Rechberger.
  • "Deconstructing the Concept of 'Special Populations,'" by Angela Hegamin, Gayl Anglin, Mark Casanova.
  • "Making Collaboration Work: Key Components of Practice/Research Partnerships," by Cathy Reback, Al Cohen, Thomas Freese, Steve Shoptaw.
  • "Value and Usefulness of a Collaborative Information Sharing Forum: Findings from the 'Common Ground' Conference Evaluation," by Natasha DeVeauuse Brown.
  • "Los Angeles County Evaluation System (LACES): Bringing Accountability to Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment through a Collaboration between Providers, Payers, and Researchers," by Desiree Crevecoeur, Beth Finnerty, Richard A. Rawson.
  • "Linking Researchers and Practitioners in the Substance Abuse Field: Perspectives of Two 'Bridgers,' by Suzanne E. Spear, Richard A. Rawson.

Rawson RA and Stein J, eds. "Blending Clinical Practice and Research: Forging Partnerships to Enhance Drug Addiction Treatment." Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 23(2), 2002. Includes the following articles:

  • "Blending Clinical Practice and Research: Forging Partnerships to Enhance Drug Addiction Treatment," by Richard A. Rawson and Jack B. Stein.
  • "Putting Drug Abuse Research to use in Real-Life Settings," by Glen R. Hanson, Alan I. Leshner and Betty Tai.
  • "Standing at the Crossroads," by Nancy J. Kaufman.
  • "MET Meets the Real World: Design Issues and Clinical Strategies in the Clinical Trials Network," by Kathleen M. Carroll, Chris Farentinos, Samuel A. Ball, Paul Crits-Christoph, Bryce Libby, Jon Morgenstern, Jeanne L. Obert, Doug Polcin and George E. Woody, for the Clinical Trials Network.
  • "Recent Advances in the Dissemination of Contingency Management Techniques: Clinical and Research Perspectives," by Nancy M. Petry and Francis Simcic, Jr.
  • "Buprenorphine: Blending Practice and Research," by Walter Ling and David Smith.
  • "History and Current Status of Opioid Maintenance Treatments: Blending Conference Session," by Mary Jeanne Kreek and Frank J. Vocci.
  • "Incorporating Brain Research Findings into Standard Treatment: an Example Using the Matrix Model," by Jeanne L. Obert, Edythe D. London and Richard A. Rawson.
  • "Improving Service Delivery to the Dually Diagnosed in Los Angeles County," by Christine E. Grella and James Gilmore.
  • "Bridging the Research-Practice Gap in Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment: the Case of Brief Strategic Family Therapy," by Michael S. Robbins, Ken Bachrach and José Szapocznik.
  • "Effects of Women-Sensitive, Long-Term Residential Treatment on Psychological Functioning of Diverse Populations of Women," by Vivian B. Brown, Lisa A. Melchior, Nancy Waite-O'Brien and G. J. Huba.
  • "Treatment of Methamphetamine Use Disorders: an Update," by Richard A. Rawson, Rachel Gonzales and Paul Brethen.
  • "The Effects and Consequences of Selected Club Drugs," by Thomas E. Freese, Karen Miotto and Cathy J. Reback.
  • "A Successful Researcher-Practitioner Collaboration in Substance Abuse Treatment," by Deni Carise, William Cornely and Ozge Gurel.

World Wide Web Sites

http://la.ucla.edu provides news and information on substance abuse research and practice. Los Angeles, Calif.: UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs. (Note: Now merged with the Los Angeles Practice Improvement Collaborative's Web site.)

Sponsored Conferences

Blending Clinical Practice and Research: Forging Partnerships to Enhance Drug Addiction Treatment, Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, University of California, Los Angeles, November 1–2, 2000, Los Angeles, Calif. Attended by 1,000 participants from the fields of substance abuse research, treatment, social services, policy and criminal justice. One keynote presentation, three plenary panels, 16 issue workshops (some repeated) and one workgroup meeting.

Keynote Presentation

  • Alan I. Leshner, Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse (Bethesda, Md.), "Putting Drug Abuse Research to Use in Real-Life Settings."

Panel

  • "Bridging the Disconnect Between Practice and Research," Richard A. Rawson, UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (Los Angeles, Calif.) Moderator. Panelists: Dennis McCarty, Oregon Health Sciences University (Portland, Ore.); Betty Tai, Clinical Trials Network, National Institute on Drug Abuse (Bethesda, Md.); Kathleen M. Carroll, Yale University School of Medicine (New Haven, Conn.); Lawrence S. Brown, Jr.. Addiction Research and Treatment Corporation (Brooklyn, N.Y.); John Schwarzlose, Betty Ford Center (Rancho Mirage, Calif.).
  • "Forging Partnerships to Enhance Drug Treatment: Focus on Los Angeles," Paul Simon, County of Los Angeles, Office of Health Assessment & Epidemiology (Los Angeles, Calif.); A. Thomas McLellan, University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pa.); Richard A. Rawson, Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, UCLA (Los Angeles, Calif.), and Douglas Anglin, Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, UCLA (Los Angeles, Calif.).

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Report prepared by: Jan Hempel
Reviewed by: Robert Narus
Reviewed by: Molly McKaughan
Program Officer: Nancy J. Kaufman

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