Title

Use of evidence-based technology to assist the behavioral health workforce: A case study on technology transfer systems

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-2021

Abstract

This article provides examples of the application of technology transfer to improve the delivery of addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery. The article describes a case example of two regional Technology Transfer Centers (TTCs) focused on addiction and mental health. It illustrates the importance of cross-regional and network-wide activities as well as meaningful collaborations with other regional networks, professional associations, and state and federal entities. This article describes a model of identifying and delivering meaningful training and technical assistance (T/TA), which also advances interprofessional collaborations and shared ownership. The described model includes collaboration in assessing behavioral health T/TA needs and preference for delivery of T/TA. The case study presents the process of engaging providers and connecting them with content experts on emerging topics in the field of addiction. This work included T/TA around integrated care, co-occurring disorders, cultural humility and inclusion, and use of data to advance system care. The case also outlines the application and use of evidence-based translation models, including Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) and Communities of Practice.

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