What Problems Do We Solve?

For many clients, addiction treatment is not effective.

  • Addiction services tend to be disjointed and clients rarely receive continuous coordinated care.
  • Individualized care based on a menu of research-based options is the exception rather than the rule.
  • Many treatment providers don’t have systems for self-measurement.

Healthcare systems don’t know enough or do enough to address substance use.

  • Health providers constantly intercept patients with substance use disorders who need help.
  • Physicians and nurses receive limited training in school or on the job about addiction.
  • The vast majority of people with addiction never receive specialty addiction treatment; the health system is our best opportunity for helping them.

People with addiction often land in the criminal justice system, which often fails to promote recovery.

  • Most professionals in the criminal justice field are not trained to think of addiction as a health issue.
  • The criminal justice system has difficulty coordinating with health and human service providers.
  • People with addiction and a history of incarceration often need a lot of help; professionals in the criminal justice system need help helping them.

These problems point to a need for quality improvement across systems. That’s what we do.