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Hispanic Initiative (ATTC Hispanic Network)

About the Hispanic Initiative

The ATTC Hispanic Initiative is being developed in order to meet the needs of Hispanic service providers and clients who require better resources created specifically for this population.


Hispanics/Latinos (H/L) now comprise the largest minority group in the United States. As a group they are young (e.g. 40% are under the age of 21), have a disproportionately low-income level (e.g. 23% live below the poverty line) and low level of educational attainment (e.g. more than half of H/L under the age of 25 have not graduated from high school).

According to Data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Hispanic population accounted for the 50% of the National population growth between 2003 and 2004.

In 2004, the growth rate for the H/L population was 3.6%, a rate 3 times higher if it is compared with the total US population. In 2005, the H/L population passed the 40 million mark in the US. Yet, this growth rate has not been paralleled by the development of information and services that effectively reach H/L.

The need to transfer culturally-appropriate and science-based models, to help drug treatment providers and organizations serving H/L communities to enhance their programs and address drug treatment and prevention needs, has never been greater. The proposed initiative aims to help drug-use-related health services organizations and providers address the drug-use-related problems of the Hispanic populations they serve.


  • Assess the need for cultural and science-based information among providers serving H/L populations in selected sites in the U.S. mainland, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico
  • Begin filling the needs based on the need assessment findings.


  • To conduct a nationwide needs assessment to detect/determine the need for culturally-appropriate and science-based information for H/L providers.
  • To identify and document for dissemination Hispanic cultural elements that need to be addressed in H/L prevention and treatment program to enhanced access, continuity, and completion of goals.
  • Search, document and disseminate tested treatment and prevention protocols that have been proven effective among H/L.
  • Assess organizational priorities, motivation and readiness to engage in the initiative, and resources needed for organizations to begin fulfilling their responsibility to provide effective science- and culturally-based services for H/L.
  • Develop multiple strategies for dissemination of treatment protocols and other products, to promote their use in multiple geographic sites and H/L subgroups.
  • On the basis of our need assessment and H/L cultural elements and protocols search develop a science base and culturally appropriate program to help addressed the needs of H/L organizations and providers of culturally appropriate training and protocols (protocols assessment instruments) to enhance their programs.
  • Develop and/or adapt culturally-appropriate, user-friendly needs assessment, survey, and program evaluation instruments, to promote the use of these science-based strategies by organizations, in developing or expanding their programs serving H/L populations.
  • Prepare annotated bibliographies on specific themes relevant to the needs of the H/L population (e.g. family, trauma, how to address acculturation across generations).
  • Compile a contact list of experts, nationwide, who can be used as lecturers or for technical assistance regarding H/L cultural elements or culturally-appropriate and science-based treatment protocols.
  • Develop a source book of publications from different national centers (CSAT, CSAP, SAMHSA, NIDA) and private organizations, containing information related to drug use among H/L.
  • Evaluate the Initiative's activities using CSAT performance measures and other strategies to assess program effectiveness.

Future Direction

These objectives are expected to be initiated as part of a pilot project funded by SAMHSA/CSAT and in collaboration with the SAMHSA's Stakeholder Group and direction of the CBHATTC, as an identified outstanding information resource recognized in the US mainland and the Caribbean.

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