Substance Abuse Treatment Outcomes: Treatment Practice and Policy Implications

  • Ron Smith


Treatment professionals, whether clinicians, scientists, or policy makers, are interested in developing methods to improve behavioral health treatment outcomes. Clinicians are interested in knowing what treatment practices to incorporate into the services they offer clients. Policymakers request guidance regarding which decisions are most likely to lead to effective treatment approaches and structures. Scientists are eager to contribute knowledge pertinent to building and evaluating effective treatment practices and policies. The papers in this special series provide information on substance abuse treatment practices andpresent findings relevant to clinical practice, policy decisions, and scientific inquiry. This paper provides a brief overview of the National Treatment Improvement Evaluation Study (NTIES) and briefly summarizes the other research papers included in this issue, all of which exemplify practice and policy issues in the substance abuse treatment field and bolster approaches applied to address these issues.

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  1. CSAT (1997, March). The national treatment improvement evaluation study final report. Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. Scholar
  2. Devine, P. (1999). Integrated evaluation methods: A guide for substance abuse treatment knowledge generating activities. Fairfax, VA: National Evaluation Data and Technical Assistance Center, Caliber Associates, Scholar
  3. Gerstein, D. (1999). Prospective and retrospective studies of outcomes in substance abuse treatment. Fairfax, VA: National Evaluation Data Services, Caliber Associates, http://neds. Scholar

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ron Smith
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  1. 1.Office of Evaluation, Scientific Analysis, and Synthesis, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services AdministrationU.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesRockville

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