NAATP Foundation (FoRSE) Addiction Treatment Outcomes Program
The NAATP Foundation for Recovery Science and Education (FoRSE) has launched a national Addiction Treatment Outcomes Program to aggregate data collected from clients by a diverse set of providers. While some treatment centers have been measuring their own outcomes for decades, many providers do not have the time or resources to do this work. The field lacks data comparing public and private, non-profit and for-profit, inpatient and outpatient, telehealth and in-person treatments. We have not demonstrated to the public and the scientific community that many different types of quality services save lives every day.
Outcomes Pilot Program (OPP) and Measurement Toolkit
From 2016 to 2019, NAATP's Outcomes Pilot Program (OPP) was a major undertaking wherein eight NAATP addiction treatment provider pilot sites participated in a rigorous and uniform outcomes measurement process. The program was designed to test a method and produce a standardized, uniform, and replicable methodology for outcomes tracking that NAATP treatment providers could implement. The project was a success and produced the Outcomes Measurement Toolkit: The Addiction Treatment Provider Guide to Standardized Outcomes Measurement.
The purpose of the Outcomes Toolkit is to close the research gap with standardized data, tools, and processes, and to demonstrate the long-term impact of substance use disorder (SUD) services across providers. Through widespread use, we believe the Outcomes Toolkit will lead to common data collected across providers on participants, services, and outcomes that will support additional research, improve understanding of effective practices, and increase the ability to promote the value of treatment provider services.
A secondary goal of the OPP was to examine the relationship between treatment and short- and long-term outcomes for patients using the data collected through the OPP. The results of this data exploration are contained in a second document, the Addiction Treatment Providers Outcomes Pilot Program Final Report.
NAATP treatment providers interested in more information and in implementing the Toolkit at their centers may contact NAATP at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Outcomes Toolkit Implementation” or contact the OMNI Institute at email@example.com and refer to NAATP Outcomes Toolkit Implementation.