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Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment (NIATx), 2003-2007

Version
v1
Resource Type
Dataset : administrative records data
Creator
  • McCarty, Dennis (Oregon Health and Science University)
  • Gustafson, David (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
2012-10-17
Funding Reference
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Drug Abuse
Language
English
Free Keywords
addiction; alcohol; cocaine; demographic characteristics; drug abuse; heroin; program evaluation; substance abuse treatment; treatment facilities
Description
  • Abstract

    The Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment (NIATx) is a program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment to help substance abuse treatment facilities improve the effectiveness and efficiency of care offered to clients. A total of 38 facilities from across the country were awarded funding to implement the NIATx program between the years of 2003 to 2007. Data were extracted from administrative records from 82,274 clients. The data file covers the dates of contact and treatment with the facility, the number of follow-up units of care received, the primary substance of abuse, and basic demographic information.
  • Abstract

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of participating in the NIATx program. This was done by overseeing the implementation and tracking of process improvement strategies and organizational changes. The desired outcome of the program is to reduce the days to first treatment, increase admissions, enhance retention in care, and reduce client no show rates.
  • Abstract

    This dataset contains a total of 20 variables. The original file contained 15 variables. An additional 5 variables were created to assist in data management and add utility to the file. Variables include: funding source of the program's award; type of program (treatment setting); dates of the client's initial contact with the facility, clinical assessment, and first treatment visit; whether or not the client made additional follow-up visits; primary substance of abuse; criminal justice referral; and basic demographics (gender, age, race, ethnicity);
  • Methods

    none
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Performed consistency checks.; Created variable labels and/or value labels.; Standardized missing values.; Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables..
  • Table of Contents

    Datasets:

    • DS1: Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment (NIATx), 2003-2007
Temporal Coverage
  • 2003 / 2007
    Time period: 2003--2007
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Clients engaged in substance abuse treatment in facilities participating in the Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment program.
Sampling
Facilities were not selected at random for participation in this study. Rather each facility submitted a proposal to compete for awards.For awards funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) the application process began with over 800 facilities attending a symposium to introduce the program and a call for proposals. There were 327 organizations that submitted a letter of intent of which 46 were selected to submit a full proposal. Eligibility was limited to non-profit substance abuse treatment organizations with at least 100 admissions per year and the ability to control a continuum of care either within the corporation or through networking arrangements. Selection criteria included potential community input, evidence of a leadership commitment, ability to move patients between levels of care, systems to collect and report data, suitable financial health, perceived strength of the project team, and a willingness to participate in a learning community. Ten facilities were funded starting in August 2003 by RWJF, and an additional 15 awards were given out in January 2005. Each award was for 18 months.The Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) sent out a separate request for applications with similar eligibility requirements. CSAT received 88 proposals, of which 13 were granted funding for a period of 36 months.
Collection Mode
  • record abstracts

    Data were collected and prepared by the Oregon Health and Science University.

    Participating facilities extracted client data from administrative records and completed a spreadsheet of monthly admissions data.

    Attendance at follow-up units of care vary by the level of care (program setting): one visit for outpatient, one day for intensive outpatient, one day for detoxification, and one week for residential treatment.

    Some changes were made to the original data to help preserve the confidentiality of the clients. The client's age was categorized into ranges. Also, the file originally contained exact dates of a client's initial contact with the facility, clinical assessment, and first treatment visit. These three dates were recoded in the public use data file. First the month, day, and year were split out into individual components. Secondly, the day of the month was deleted completely. Next the month component was combined into quarters (January - March, April - June, July - September, and October - December). Finally, the quarter and year were combined back together.

    Four new variables were computed to provide additional utility to users in their analysis. The number of follow-up treatment visits the client made after their initial visit was summed (TRT_TOT). The other three new variables involve the three original dates mentioned above. They were used to calcuate the exact difference in days between the three events before the dates were recoded. If the value was zero the events occurred on the same day. Some cases will have a negative value meaning that the event took place prior to the one it is being compared against. DAYDIFF1: Difference between when the clinical assessment took place and the date of original contact.; DAYDIFF2: Difference between when the 1st treatment visit occurred and when the clinical assessment took place.; DAYDIFF3: Difference between when the 1st treatment visit occurred and the original contact.;

Note
Funding insitution(s): Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (46876, 50165, 48364). United States Department of Health and Human Services. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. (PIC-STAR-SC-03-044, PIC-STAR-SC-04-035, SC-05-110). United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Drug Abuse (R01 DA018282).
Availability
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This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 34406 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
Publications
  • Choi, D., Hoffman, K.A., McCarty, D., Kim, M.A.. High resolution evaluation of process improvement: Use of quantile regression for wait time. Health Services Research.48, (1), 333-347.2013.
    • ID: 10.1111/j.1475-6773.2012.01436.x (DOI)
  • Hoffman, Kim A., Green, Carla A., Ford, James H., II, Wisdom, Jennifer P., Gustafson, David H., McCarty, Dennis. Improving quality of care in substance abuse treatment using five key process improvement principles. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research.39, (3), 234-244.2012.
    • ID: 10.1007/s11414-011-9270-y (DOI)
  • Quanbeck, Andrew R., Madden, Lynn, Edmundson, Eldon, Ford, James H., II, McConnell, K. John, McCarty, Dennis, Gustafson, David H.. A business case for quality improvement in addiction treatment: Evidence from the NIATx collaborative. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research.39, (1), 91-100.2012.
    • ID: 10.1007/s11414-011-9259-6 (DOI)
  • Hoffman, Kim A., Ford, James H., Tillotson, Carrie J., Choi, Dongseok, McCarty, Dennis. Days to treatment and early retention among patients in treatment for alcohol and drug disorders. Addictive Behaviors.36, (6), 643-647.2011.
    • ID: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2011.01.031 (DOI)
  • McCarty, Dennis, Chandler, Redonna K.. Understanding the importance of organizational and system variables on addiction treatment services within criminal justice settings. Drug and Alcohol Dependence.103, (1), S91-S93.2009.
    • ID: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2009.03.001 (DOI)
  • McCarty, Dennis, Gustafson, David, Capoccia, Victor A., Cotter, Frances. Improving care for the treatment of alcohol and drug disorders. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research.36, (1), 52-60.2009.
  • Wisdom, Jennifer P., Hoffman, Kim, Rechberger, Elke, Seim, Kay, Owens, Betta. Women-focused treatment agencies and process improvement: Strategies to increase client engagement. Women and Therapy.32, (1), 69-87.2009.
    • ID: 10.1080/02703140802384693 (DOI)
  • Hoffman, Kim A., Ford, James H., II, Choi, Dongseok, Gustafson, David H., McCarty, Dennis. Replication and sustainability of improved access and retention within the Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment. Drug and Alcohol Dependence.98, (1-2), 63-69.2008.
    • ID: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2008.04.016 (DOI)
  • Capoccia, V.A., Cotter, F., Gustafson, D.H., Cassidy, E.F., Ford, J.H., II, Madden, L, Owens, B.H., Farnum, S.O., McCarty, D., Molfenter, T.. Making 'stone soup': Improvements in clinic access and retention in addiction treatment. Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.33, (2), 95-103.2007.
  • McCarty, Dennis, Gustafson, David H., Wisdom, Jennifer P., Ford, Jay, Choi, Dongseok, Molfenter, Todd, Capoccia, Victor, Cotter, Frances. The Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment (NIATx): Enhancing access and retention. Drug and Alcohol Dependence.88, (2-3), 138-145.2007.
    • ID: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2006.10.009 (DOI)
  • Wisdom, Jennifer P., Ford, James H., II, Hayes, Randy A., Edmundson, Eldon, Hoffman, Kim, McCarty, Dennis. Addiction treatment agencies' use of data: A qualitative assessment. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research.33, (4), 394-407.2006.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-16

McCarty, Dennis; Gustafson, David (2012): Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment (NIATx), 2003-2007. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34406.v1