In yet another significant step towards its national expansion, Prevention Insights at the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington has been awarded the National Evaluation of the Technology Transfer Center (TTC) Program grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
The American Institute for Research (AIR) will be partnering with Prevention Insights on the 2-year, $1.5 million grant. Only one grant of its kind was awarded. The project runs from September 30, 2019 to September 29, 2021.
According to Dr. Ruth Gassman, Executive Director of Prevention Insights, the evaluation results of the grant will potentially affect how tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars of prevention, treatment, and mental health funds will be spent across the U.S.
Prevention Insights and AIR will conduct the first assessment of SAMHSA’s “new” national TTC model of evidence-based program dissemination to best equip the healthcare workforce with the skills needed to address the prevention and treatment of mental health and substance misuse.
The purview of the project is all states and U.S. territories. The current TTC model consists of 39 distinct TTCs across treatment, prevention, and mental health domains, all of which will be included in the overall assessment plan.
The purpose of the TTC is to develop and strengthen the specialized behavioral healthcare and primary healthcare workforce that provides prevention, treatment, and recovery support services for substance use disorder and mental illness.