Areas of Expertise
AIR is deeply involved in public and private efforts to prevent and treat substance abuse. Through the BEST Foundation, AIR conducted an assessment of treatment providers’ organizational strengths, challenges, and priorities, leading to the development of a self-guided process to enhance and improve performance. At the state level, we have provided technical assistance to federal block grantees to enhance program performance and outcomes, and to implement expanded access to care and choices of treatment. AIR has also supported federal substance abuse agencies in the development of clinical guidelines and management information systems.
A recent special issue in the Journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence highlights findings from three decades of research on the Good Behavior Game and its impact on a variety of long term behavioral and mental health outcomes.
Today’s economic climate mandates and rewards cost-effective, performance-driven management. Performance management—a data-driven process to help improve services and outcomes—provides a structure that promotes the development and delivery of high-quality products and services.
This guidance document was developed with input from a technical advisory group of state/federal representatives and field researchers, and describes the utility and practice of integrating the information available in state agency data sets with information on clients of alcohol and other drug abuse services.
AIR’s Human and Social Development Program (HSD) recently launched a new Substance Abuse Youth Topic on FindYouthInfo.gov to provide information and resources for youth-serving agencies. The new topic provides information and resources focused on substance abuse prevalence, risk and protective factors, warning signs, screening assessments, and prevention and treatment.
National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Violence Prevention (TA Center for Violence Prevention)
The National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention provides training and technical assistance to Safe Schools/Healthy Students and Project LAUNCH grantees funded by the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The Iowa Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Program Improvement Grant is a partnership of three state departments (Education, Public Health, and Human Rights); national consultants (David Osher, Roger Weissberg, and Gene Hall); and Iowa’s 12 intermediate education agencies.