Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center (PSATTC)

In partnership with UCLA, the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy helps meet the needs of the substance abuse treatment communities in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and the Pacific Islands.

Funding: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Partners: UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP).

Program Description: ASU's Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy, in partnership with UCLA’s Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, has received a $3.5 million, five-year continuation grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The award will support the center's ongoing effort to disseminate the latest research-based information to substance abuse treatment providers and other professionals in the health and human service field.

The ATTC Network now is made up of 10 independent regional centers, four National Focus Area Centers and a National Office. Over the next five years, Region 9 will expand to include Hawaii, Nevada, and six U.S. affiliated Pacific island jurisdictions, making it the most far-ranging and ethnically diverse service center in the national ATTC Network. The Pacific population alone is located on 669 islands and atolls across five million square miles.

In addition to the geographic scope, Region 9 is comprised of a range of culturally distinctive societies including Latino, Asian, African American, and Native American people who speak 20 unique languages. In total, Region 9 has more than 3,900,000 individuals in need of treatment for substance use disorders, but according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2012), the existing workforce consists of fewer than 11,000 front-line professionals.

In this expanded setting, the Pacific Southwest district of the ATTC’s immediate goal is to support local initiatives so they are able to meet the increasing demand for services. The coming five-year project period will see the development of more than 350 events region-wide, utilizing a variety of delivery methods, for more than 11,750 participants.

CABHP's Role: CABHP does all of the work of the Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC)-Region 9 in Arizona while supporting national initiatives.  We develop and disseminate educational materials and resources that address pertinent policy issues, emerging research, and the latest evidence supported practices for professionals in the field. Training academies, conferences and institutes, including the annual Summer Institute each July held in Sedona, Arizona are provided to enhance the skills of behavioral health, primary care, child welfare and criminal justice service practitioners.

Collaboration is critical to fight a complex disease such as addiction effectively and efficiently, people and organizations must join together in their efforts.  Partnerships to improve the quality of and access to behavioral health services have been established with numerous agencies, organizations and community providers in Arizona including:

Arizona Department of Health Services/Division of Behavioral Health Services l AZ Association of Drug Court Professionals l Maricopa County Adult Probation l Community Bridges, Inc. AZ Coalition to End Homelessness l AZ Foundation for Behavioral Health l AZ Alliance for Community Health Centers (AACHC) l Community Partnership of Southern Arizona l Health Start l MATFORCE l Pascua Yaqui Tribe l Phoenix Children’s Hospital-Care Connect AZ l Phoenix Area Indian Health Service lSTAR l San Carlos Apache Tribe l TERROS l and Arizona Department of Corrections

We will continue to be a catalyst for bringing key stakeholder groups together to work with us toward the common goal of promoting the adoption of evidence-based and promising practices.

Principal Investigators: Michael Shafer, Ph.D. (AZ) and Thomas Freese, Ph.D. (CA)

Project Managers: Denise Beagley, M.Sc. (AZ) and Beth Rutkowski, M.P.H. (CA)

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