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Quiz: How Well Do You Know NIATx?

Published: 07/16/2024
Whether you're a seasoned NIATx expert or just beginning your NIATx journey, we have a challenge for you. Take this quick quiz to find out just how well you know this evidence-based process improvement approach!   Question 1:What does NIATx stand for? A) The Network for Improvement and Technical Excellence B) The Network for the […]
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A NIATx Virtual Walk Through to Promote Integrated Care for Co-occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Conditions

Published: 06/05/2024
Information provided in this post comes from technical assistance provided by the Great Lakes ATTC in Manitowoc County, WI. Providers throughout the Great Lakes region and across the county have been making steady gains toward integrated mental health and substance use care. Providers have come to understand that co-occurring conditions (COD) are more the norm […]
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Flowcharting Your Breakfast: How to Find the Right Altitude

Published: 05/06/2024
The NIATx change model focuses on a sequence of four primary tools: After a walk-through, teams sometimes struggle to create a flowchart to map out the process they just examined. Whether you use a big sheet of paper and a marker, sticky notes on a dry-erase board, or any number of softwares, here are a […]
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The NIATx Files: A brief history of the Nominal Group Technique

Published: 04/02/2024
The Nominal Group Technique (NGT) is one of the essential tools that NIATx change teams use to implement successful change projects.
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Three Ways to Sustain Change with NIATx

Published: 03/04/2024
The NIATx model is designed to help teams identify and implement a process improvement. While adopting a change is a significant accomplishment, the true test lies in maintaining that change and its positive outcomes over the long term: sustaining the change. Sustainability refers to the ability to stick with the new way of doing things and […]
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ATTC's Pearls of Wisdom Podcast Series, Episode 4: The Next Decade (2023 and Beyond)

Published: 02/29/2024
In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network, we're taking stock of where we've been, and looking ahead to where we are going. We invite you to listen to our Pearls of Wisdom podcast series. Each episode examines a different decade in our network's history, and features conversations with the people […]
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ATTC's Pearls of Wisdom Podcast Series, Episode 3: The Previous Decade (2013-2022)

Published: 02/15/2024
 In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network, we're taking stock of where we've been, and looking ahead to where we are going. We invite you to listen to our Pearls of Wisdom podcast series. Each episode examines a different decade in our network's history, and features conversations with the people […]
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Empowering Change with NIATx: Expanding Peer Support Services in Wisconsin’s Comprehensive Community Services Program

Published: 02/13/2024
 By Maureen Fitzgerald, Communications Manager, Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC Comprehensive Community Services (CCS) is a unique Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) program designed to provide a wide range of community-based, recovery-oriented, and person-centered mental health and substance use disorder services to eligible individuals across the lifespan. The program, part of the DHS Division […]
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New Framework Released to Reduce Opioid Overdose

Published: 02/05/2024
By: HEAL Connections The Opioid-Overdose Reduction Continuum of Care Approach (ORCCA): A Policymakers Guide to Implementing Evidence-Based Strategies that Address Opioid Overdose aims to help policymakers, communities and key stakeholders to develop comprehensive, multi-system strategies that address the opioid crisis. The science and evidence behind the framework was published in the Drug and Alcohol Dependence […]
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ATTC's Pearls of Wisdom Podcast Series, Episode 2: The Second Decade (2003-2012)

Published: 02/01/2024
In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network, we're taking stock of where we've been, and looking ahead to where we are going. We invite you to listen to our Pearls of Wisdom podcast series. Each episode examines a different decade in our network's history, and features conversations with the people […]
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ATTC's Pearls of Wisdom Podcast Series, Episode 1: The First Decade (1993-2003)

Published: 01/23/2024
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network, we're taking stock of where we've been, and looking ahead to where we are going. We invite you to listen to our Pearls of Wisdom podcast series. Each episode examines a different decade in our network's history, and features conversations with the people […]
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Charting New Frontiers: A Round-up of the NIATx in New Places Series

Published: 01/16/2024
By Maureen Fitzgerald, Communications Manager, Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC In 2023, the NIATx in New Places series shared the stories of how the NIATx process improvement model continues to shape transformation in both familiar and uncharted territories. From clinical treatment to school settings, prevention, criminal justice, and beyond, NIATx remains a tool for […]
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NIATx: The Intersection of Behavioral Health and Systems Engineering — A Conversation with David H. Gustafson

Published: 12/12/2023
By David H. Gustafson, PhD, Director, Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies, and Maureen Fitzgerald, Communications Manager, Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC Update: In Memoriam It is with deep sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Don Holloway, who made significant contributions to the NIATx model.  Learn more about Don’s legacy. Dave Gustafson Dave […]
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Guest Post — Still Reaching: The Syndemics that Complicate and Characterize How Drugs and HIV Intersect in People’s Lives

Published: 12/08/2023
 (Editor's note: This post originally appeared on the National Institute on Drug Abuse blog. It is reprinted here with permission from NIDA.) By Dr. Nora Volkow Nearly 42 years ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported a rare pneumonia in five gay men, marking the recognized start of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. While we often hear […]
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NIATx in New Places: RHRP

Published: 11/14/2023
By: Mat Roosa, LCSW-R “How can we improve our workforce?” In a human service environment filled with open positions, understaffed programs a low rates of worker retention this seems like a perfectly reasonable question.  As NIATx has continued to explore new places, we have turned our attention to trying to support the workforce challenges of […]
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Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network: Celebrating 30 Years of Empowering Professionals

Published: 10/24/2023
By Greg Grisolano, for the ATTC Network Technology transfer is in our name, but do you really know what it is? Even though the Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network has been a leading expert in the field of substance use disorders since 1993, we realize there are still some folks who don’t know who […]
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NIATx in New Places: Insights on Using NIATx in Prevention

Published: 10/10/2023
By Erin Ficker, Prevention Manager, Great Lakes PTTC, and Maureen Fitzgerald, Communications Manager Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, PTTC Erin Ficker, CPRS, MPAff, has over 18 years of experience in substance use prevention, helping communities adopt evidence-based strategies and data-driven processes for prevention planning and execution. Since 2019, Erin has teamed up with NIATx coach Scott Gatzke to […]
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NIATx in New Places: Empowering Teams in Recovery Community Organizations with NIATx

Published: 09/12/2023
 By Kris Kelly, PR COE and Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, PTTC Project Manager, and Maureen Fitzgerald, Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC Communications Manager For recovery advocate Kris Kelly, the NIATx model helps tackle a long-standing question:  “How can we support grassroots recovery organizations that are typically underfunded, under resourced, but continuously over-delivering?” Kris joined the team […]
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ATTC/NIATx’s Top 10 Posts From Our First Decade

Published: 08/24/2023
 Compiled by ATTC/NIATx staff and directors This month marks a decade of partnership and collaboration between the ATTC Network and NIATx on our shared blog. In that time, we’ve published more than 300 articles, including multiple series, from the pearls of wisdom we’ve learned over the years, to all the many new places you can […]
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NIATx in New Places: Implementing MOUD Programming in Criminal Justice Settings

Published: 08/15/2023
By: Jessica Vechinski, MSW, Client-Based Researcher & Project Manager, Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN),Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies, UW–Madison, and Kristina Spannbauer, MA, Communications Specialist, Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, PTTC Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies, UW–Madison Coaching is a favored strategy for the implementation of medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD), yet research has not adequately […]
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ATTC & NIATx: After 10 years – Still Better Together!

Published: 08/10/2023
By Todd Molfenter, director of Great Lakes ATTC & director, NIATx, Laurie Krom – ATTC NCO co-director, and Maxine Henry, ATTC NCO co-director In August 2013, the ATTC Network and NIATx launched the ATTC/NIATx Service Improvement blog with a welcome post by Laurie Krom and Kim Johnson, aptly titled "Better Together." The inaugural post celebrated the […]
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ATTC’s Pearls of Wisdom: Using the Science to Service Laboratory to bridge the gap between research and practice

Published: 07/20/2023
 By Rosemarie Martin, PhD and Sara Becker, PhD, New England ATTC The New England ATTC at the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies of Brown University has been continuously funded since the ATTC network’s inception in 1993. The mission of the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies is to promote the identification, prevention and effective […]
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NIATx in New Places: The International Impact of the NIATx Model: Ukrainian healthcare providers increase access to treatment during war

Published: 07/12/2023
 By: Lynn Madden, PhD, MPA       Kristina Spannbauer, Communications Specialist for Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, & PTTC In 2003, the NIATx model was first used by 39 providers, each managing their own pilot project as part of the grant-funded Paths to Recovery and Strengthening Access to Treatment and Recovery programs. Dr. Lynn Madden and her […]
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ATTC's Pearls of Wisdom: Saving Lives and Advancing Behavioral Health Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

Published: 07/06/2023
 By: Dr. Susie Villalobos, National Hispanic Latino Addiction Technology Transfer Center SAMHSA Addiction Technology Transfer Centers In the realm of behavioral health, access to effective treatment and support services is crucial for individuals facing mental health challenges or substance use disorders. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has taken significant strides in […]
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