SAMHSA Announces 2008 Science and Service Award Winners

Jarad Platt and Paul MacFarland

Jarad Platt and Paul MacFarland, Office of Substance Abuse

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has selected the Maine Office of Substance Abuse as one of 29 organizations to receive the agency's 2008 Science and Service Awards. These awards recognize exemplary implementation of evidence-based interventions that have been shown to prevent and/or treat mental illnesses and substance abuse.

Now in its second year, this annual award program recognizes public- and private-sector organizations, as well as community-based groups and coalitions that have worked to improve their communities and the lives of individuals by providing the best services possible. "These award winners are blazing the trail to show how it can be done." said SAMHSA Acting Administrator Eric Broderick, D.D.S, M.P.H. 

Awardees were chosen in each of five categories: substance abuse prevention; treatment of substance abuse and recovery support services; mental health promotion; treatment of mental illness and recovery support services; and co-occurring disorders. 

To be eligible for the award, an organization had to demonstrate successful implementation of a recognized evidence-based intervention, including interventions that have been published in the scientific literature and/or appear on a federal or state registry.

Maine 's application, submitted by Treatment Specialist Kristen Jiorle outlined the Differential Substance Abuse Treatment (DSAT) program.  DSAT is a Motivational Enhancement and cognitive-behavioral treatment model specifically developed, in partnership with the Maine Department of Corrections, to provide a continuum of comprehensive substance abuse treatment services to adult offenders in correctional and community settings across the state. DSAT differentiates by gender and by severity of addiction. DSAT is delivered in a group setting, enlisting peer feedback as a primary motivator for change.