IRETA has a grant from the federal government to act as a focus center in the nationwide Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network. We serve as a National Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Focus Center, or N-SBIRT ATTC.
But what is the ATTC Network? What does “technology transfer” mean? How does our role in the ATTC Network fit into IRETA’s mission and the rest of the work we do?
The ATTC Network was created to improve the quality of addiction treatment in America. It is a unique vehicle for training healthcare providers that focuses on the process of transferring a particular kind of technology; in this case, methods for treating addiction that research shows to be effective.
As a nexus point between addiction researchers and practitioners, we:
- Focus primarily on front-line addictions counselors and clinical supervisors, but also serve multi-disciplinary groups
- Provide education and training
- Work to improve standards and policies in the field
How is the ATTC related to IRETA’s work? IRETA’s mission is perfectly aligned with the work of the ATTC. Since our founding in 1999, we have sought to improve recognition, prevention, treatment, research and policy related to addiction and recovery using many of the same approaches that the ATTC grant requires. Because our activities overlap with the ATTC grant requirements, SAMHSA housed the northeast regional center at IRETA for the past 11 years.