This week’s update begins with a link to the State Associations for Addictions Services (SAAS) home page. It is followed by a link to an informative manuscript intended to be used as a roadmap by treatment agencies. The update closes with a link to the National Quality Forum. The impetus for this update was a presentation by the CEO of SAAS emphasizing the importance of addiction professionals’ readiness to adapt in a rapidly changing behavioral healthcare environment. In order for evidence-based practices to be identified, selected, and adopted by agencies, it is critical that substance abuse treatment agencies are prepared to operate in today’s behavioral healthcare landscape.

Founded in 1987, SAAS is a nonprofit organization that was established “to ensure the availability and accessibility of quality alcohol and drug treatment, prevention, education and related services throughout the country”. Members include state association leaders from across the nation as well as addiction treatment and prevention providers.

Becky Vaughn, the CEO of SAAS, recently spoke to a North Carolina audience of clinicians, agency directors, LME staff, and state staff about implementing strong, sound addiction treatment programs in today’s new healthcare environment. Ms. Vaughn’s presentation is best described as a clinic on preparing substance abuse providers to operate in a modern behavioral healthcare environment. You may obtain a copy of Implementing Healthcare Reform: First Steps to Transforming your Organization, the manuscript on which her presentation was based, click here.

During the aforementioned presentation, Ms. Vaughn noted that SAAS’s position on the promotion and adoption of SUD EBPs will be based on the recommendations put forth by the National Quality Forum (NQF). The NQF’s mission is stated as follows: “The National Quality Forum (NQF) is dedicated to improving the quality of health care in the United States. To that end, the NQF embodies a three-part mission — to set goals for performance improvement, to endorse standards for measuring and reporting on performance, and to promote educational and outreach programs. NQF members include purchasers, physicians, nurses, hospitals, certification bodies and fellow quality improvement organizations”. Click here to visit the NQF homepage.