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Online Training for Methadone Maintenance Treatment Providers

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
93631
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
DA026630
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
SOCIAL SCIENCES INNOVATIONS CORPORATION
71 W 23RD ST, 8TH FL NEW YORK, NY -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Online Training for Methadone Maintenance Treatment Providers
Agency: HHS
Contract: 1R43DA026630-01
Award Amount: $186,659.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): This application seeks to address heroin and other opioid addiction by providing inexpensive, effective online training to Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT) staff to improve treatment outcomes. It is estimated that at least 980,000 people in the United States are currently addicted to heroin and other opiates (CDC, 2002). About 20 percent of these individuals or 196,000 are in MMT. MMT is recognized as one of the most effective therapies for chronic opioid dependence (NIH Consensus Statement, 1997). Methadone is a rigorously well-tested medication that is safe and efficacious. Unfortunately, this treatment has developed an undeserved stigma which is associated with negative attitudes, lack of knowledge and false belie fs regarding its effectiveness and safety. Stigma towards methadone maintenance has been documented among the public, patients and providers. Negative attitudes are particularly problematic when found among treatment providers because they have been shown to be associated with poorer treatment outcomes (Kang et al., 1997; Caplehorn et al., 1998). The Training Institute (TI) of Social Sciences Innovations Corp. (SSIC) has been a provider of training to MMT staff for many years. However, the need for training MMT staff outstrips the capacity of the TI to provide in-person administrations of this course. Web-based Computer Assisted Instructional (CAI) is uniquely suited to meet the many needs described above. Compared to the limited enrollments of a face-to-fac e course, the number of service providers who can take a CAI course is virtually unlimited. Whereas face-to-face courses have geographical restrictions, a CAI course can be taken anywhere a computer is available. While face-to-face courses are generally re stricted to work day hours of nine to five, a CAI course can be taken at any time. Certified Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) continuing education credits (which are required for continued certification as a counselor) will be offered where applicable. The Aims of this application are: To update an entire written current curriculum in use by the TI and to adapt it to a CAI format; To create a self-directed and interactive prototype of two modules from the course; and to evaluate these two mo dules in 1) a usability test, 2) a post-use consumer focus group to assess look and feel as well content of the modules, and 3) a pre- and post- session questionnaire to measure knowledge gains. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: Methadone is a rigorously well-teste d medication that is safe and efficacious. Unfortunately, this treatment has developed an undeserved stigma which is associated with negative attitudes, lack of knowledge and false beliefs regarding its effectiveness and safety. Stigma towards methadone ma intenance has been documented among the public, patients and providers. Negative attitudes are particularly problematic when found among treatment providers because they have been shown to be associated with poorer treatment outcomes (Kang et al., 1997; Ca plehorn et al., 1998). This application seeks to address these problems by providing inexpensive, effective online training to methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) staff. Web-based Computer Assisted Instructional (CAI) is uniquely suited to the widespread dispersion of accurate information and timely training. Compared to the limited enrollments of a face-to-face course, the number of service providers who can take a CAI course is virtually unlimited. Whereas face-to-face courses have geographical restrict ions, a CAI course can be taken anywhere a computer is available. This course will meet an important public health need, timely training for MMT staff.

Principal Investigator:

Hilary J. Liberty
2128454501
LIBERTY@NDRI.ORG

Business Contact:

Lisa Bernhard
bernhard@ndri.org
Small Business Information at Submission:

SOCIAL SCIENCES INNOVATIONS CORPORATION
SOCIAL SCIENCES INNOVATIONS CORP 71 W 23RD ST, 8TH FL NEW YORK, NY 10010

EIN/Tax ID: 141743789
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No