ERIC Number: ED450296
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Improving Substance Abuse Treatment: The National Treatment Plan Initiative. Changing the Conversation.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.
This report is the result of five expert panels and six regional public hearings around the country that focused on key persistent issues that have characterized discussions of substance abuse over the years: closing the treatment gap; reducing stigma and changing attitudes; improving and strengthening treatment systems; connecting services and research; and addressing workforce issues. Of particular interest is the Report of Panel V: Addressing Workforce Issues. Panel V identified three types of current workforce issues: education and training; credentialing; and supply, demand, and distribution. The objective of professionals to guarantee universal delivery of optimum standards of care, together with the recent connection between provider reimbursement and education levels, calls for a formal strategy and defines standards for educating and training substance abuse staff. The field also needs a cohesive and unified approach to counseling. Anecdotal evidence of staff shortages exists. The recommendations offered for alleviating these problems fall into three categories: those that address the need for a Federal agency, with responsibility for workforce-related issues such as education and development; those that seek to strengthen the workforce infrastructure in the substance abuse treatment system; and those that require implementation at a field and/or program level. (MKA)
Descriptors: Certification, Counselor Training, Drug Education, Labor Force, Outcomes of Treatment, Professional Training, Substance Abuse
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. Web site: http://www.samhsa.gov.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.