August 7, 2013
Quick: Can you name two things that belong together?
Let us get you started –
Peanut Butter & Jelly
Oreos & Milk
Paper & Pencils
Fred & Ginger
Mario & Luigi
Salt & Pepper
There are just some things in life that are better together.
By themselves, they are certainly adequate.
Together, however, the pair produces a much more desirable result.
For years, the Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network has worked to improve the clinical practices used to treat substance use disorders by promoting the adoption and implementation of evidence-based and promising practices in recovery-oriented systems of care.
For years, NIATx has worked to improve the business practices of addiction treatment providers by improving the cost and effectiveness of the care delivery system.
Sometimes our paths have crossed.
But never have we really presented our two organizations as symbiotic partners sharing a common vision. In the increasingly complex and competitive health care environment, it’s about time we did.
While NIATx and the ATTC Network focus separately on different aspects of improving the services received by people with substance use disorders, together both organizations are firmly committed to the belief that better services lead to better outcomes resulting in transformed lives and healthier people, families and communities.
Welcome to the new Service Improvement Blog, co-sponsored by the ATTC Network Coordinating Office and NIATx. Through this blog, we will provide bi-weekly posts on the latest thinking on ways to improve clinical and business practices in an integrated way. We will feature practical tips, techniques, and tools to make it easier to manage programs and provide services. We will share stories from providers and feature guest bloggers, including scientists, people in recovery, and outside the field experts, who will share what is happening in their spheres of influence that might be useful or eventually have an impact on your work.
We want to be responsive to your interests and needs, and so we need your participation. While NIATx and the ATTC Network are better together, the kind of true innovation that will improve services for people with substance use disorders now and in the future will only really come if all of us who are committed to this work engage in discussion and collective action. We welcome your comments, posts and requests, and look forward to moving our work forward together.
Laurie Krom Kim Johnson, Co-Director
Director, Educational ServicesATTC Network Coordinating Office