ATTC Network: Advancing the Integration of Substance Use Disorder Services and Health Care
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. 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)
Related ATTC Resources
Primary Care for Substance Use Disorder Professionals online course
The SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions, in collaborated with the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network and the Morehouse School of Medicine National Center for Primary Care, has developed this self-paced online course for addiction treatment professionals considering career opportunities in primary care in order to provide professionals with resources and information to help them decide whether working in a primary care setting is right for them.
Webinar: Working in Multidisciplinary Teams to Promote Healthcare Integration
As part of the ATTC iTraining Series, this webinar, presented by Krisin Spykerman, LMSW, CAADC, Director of Heath Home Services at Cherry Street Health Services, describes how the organization broke down silos between outpatient treatment, targeted case management, and primary care to create an integrated care team.