Past Research Projects

The Office of Substance Abuse participated in two major past research projects, one focusing on prevention, the other on treatment:

Prevention

The prevention research project, known as the Diffusion Project, was the second in a pair of studies done in conjuntion with the Social Development Research Group a the University of Washington and several other states. The original study began in 1992 and was called the Six-State Consoritium.

Treatment

Strengthening Treatment Access and Retention / State Implementation - Funded by the federal Center for Substance Abuse Treatment in late 2006, this project will help Maine to identify, implement and evaluate methods to enhance individual access to and retention in community-based outpatient substance abuse treatment programs.

Advancing Recovery - The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation / Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment funded this project in late 2006. The funding will support the identification, implementation, and evaluation of state and service provider level changes aimed at increasing the utilization of evidence-based addiction treatment practices by community-based providers. To improve treatment quality, Maine is focusing its efforts on two particular evidence-based practices: the use of medications for specific diagnosis and the use of case management, wraparound and supportive services.

State Treatment Needs Assessment Project (STNAP), was used to estimate treatment needs in the state of Maine by using several different methodologies to collect the data. This project was don in conjunction with Research Triangle Institute in North Carolina.

Round II had three studies associated with it. Those were the Treatment Needs Among Maine's TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) Population Study, the Emergin Issues: The Impact of Maine's Treatment System Study, and an Imtegration and Systems Coordination Study.

Round I consisted of the Alcohol and Other Drug Houshold Telephone Study, the Arrestee Study, the School-Aged Population Study, the Social Indicators Study, the Assessment of the Current Treatmnet System Study, and an Intgrative Study.

The reports from round I are available form the Information & Resources Center; full electronic versions of the reports are linked through the online database.