Nikola Tesla famously said, "The spread of civilization may be likened to a fire; first, a feeble spark, next a flickering flame, then a mighty blaze, ever increasing in speed and power." Tesla has been described as an innovator and visionary. His description of the spread of civilization reflects his understanding of how ideas, science and technology move society ever forward. Few societal structures in the United States are more in flux today than health care. As health care reform spreads, the flames of opportunity for better, more cost-effective care are fanned. The Addiction Technology Transfer (ATTC) Network is catalyzing a national, multidisciplinary "blaze" to ensure that when equilibrium is restored Substance Use Disorder (SUD) services are an integrated, accessible part of mainstream health care.
Integrated care is the systematic coordination of general and behavioral healthcare. Integrating mental health, substance use disorders, and healthcare services [that] produces the best outcomes and proves the most effective approach to caring for people with multiple healthcare needs. (SAMHSA, 2010)
ATTC Network Activities
to Advance Integration
As one of SAMHSA's flagship workforce development programs, the ATTC Network has a unique opportunity to focus the national dialogue to ensure that SUD services are included as an essential component of all health care integration efforts.
The Integration Institute
Bringing Primary Care to Addiction Services and Addiction Services to Primary Care. See below for results from the Integration Institute
ATTC Network Forum
The 2014 ATTC Network Forum provided an opportunity for key stakeholders to discuss health care and substance use disorders (SUD) services integration.
ATTC Issue Brief
The Issue Brief describes the ATTC Network's plans to advance the integration of care.
ATTC White Paper Series
The Forum was followed by a series of papers that address specific aspects of the integration of care.
- Paper I: Integrating Substance Use Disorder and Health Care Services in an Era of Health Care Reform, ATTC Network Technology Transfer Committee (Stan Sacks and Heather Gotham, Co-Chairs)
- Paper II: Building Capacity for Behavioral Health Services within Primary Care and Medical Settings, ATTC Network Workforce Development Committee (Michael Chaple and Marjean Searcy, Co-Chairs)
- Paper III: Preparing Students to Work in Integrated Health Care Systems, ATTC Network Pre-Service Education Committee (Holly Hagle and Renata Henry, Co-Chairs)
Online Discussion through the Network of Practice
Networks of Practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly. The ATTC and NIATx offer an online Network of Practice that will allow us to engage in continual communication about the integration of SUD services and health care. The site enhances all the other ATTC activities and is open to anyone interested in the topic. Join us today!
For Further Reading - Other Related Resources
- Addiction Medicine in Primary Care Lecture Series
- California SUD/Health Care Integration Learning Collaborative
- Innovations in Addictions Treatment: Addiction Treatment Providers Working with Integrated Primary Care Services
- Integration of Substance Use Disorder Services with Primary Care: Health Center Surveys and Qualitative Interviews
- State Strategies for Integrating Physical and Behavioral Health Services in a Changing Medicaid Environment
- Stigma and Service Integration
- Workforce Issues Related to Physical and Behavioral Healthcare Integration Specifically Substance Use Disorders and Primary Care