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MISSION U A Multimedia Training Tool for Treating Individuals with Co occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 1R41AA026751-01A1
Agency Tracking Number: R41AA026751
Amount: $225,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: 350
Solicitation Number: PA16-303
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-09-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-04-30
Small Business Information
Belmont, MA 02478-2965
United States
DUNS: 137091000
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
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Millions of U S adults suffer from a co occurring mental health and substance use disorder COD A
COD is often difficult for providers to address and thus clients may experience poor treatment engagement symptom exacerbations homelessness incarceration and often utilize acute and emergency services increasing medical expenditures Currently the healthcare delivery system needs but does not offer a promising integrated treatment approach that engages clients through community outreach and addresses mental health and substance abuse in a coordinated fashion Redressing this gap could improve service delivery and client outcomes Maintaining Independence and Sobriety through Systems Integration Outreach and Networking MISSION is a unique evidence based trans disciplinary treatment designed to address the complex needs of individuals with CODs MISSION has been admitted into the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration Registry for Evidence Based Practices NREPP deployed within the Veterans Health Administration as part of the national plan to end Veteran Homelessness utilized in a Massachusetts Statewide Plan to End Homelessness and written into Public Law for delivery alongside Veterans Treatment courts Despite having quality implementation manuals a multisite implementation study suggested that more comprehensive training tools are needed Therefore Praxis and the University of Massachusetts Medical School the developers of MISSION have partnered to enhance dissemination of and access to MISSION This STTR grant intends to design develop and pilot test two trans disciplinary online distance learning training modules and an experiential e simulation fidelity module that will offer continuing education units CEUs for course completion A formative evaluation of materials will include focus groups of state and local mental health leaders administrators professionals para professionals and students to revise the modules A summative evaluation will follow with mental health professionals and para professionals whom
will be randomized to either receive Training as Usual TAU or Training as Usual along with a hour video
conference Technical Assistance TAU TA session tailored to knowledge gaps identified from the e
simulation fidelity module Outcome data will be collected on knowledge acquisition fidelity pre post test
comparison and satisfaction pre post survey Currently there are no interactive trans disciplinary online
distance learning courses in this area The growing national emphasis on addressing CODs particularly
opiates is opening new market opportunities for which the project is well positioned Thus the project is aligned with the Presidentandapos s Freedom Commission on Mental Health White House Plan to End Homelessness Surgeon General Report on Opiate Addiction and the Second Chance Act and has high potential for commercial success and significant public health impact The traditional paradigm that relies solely upon on site provider training and or static
information based online training in evidence based COD treatments has been proven
ineffective and unsustainable in disseminating EBPs across clinical settings MISSIONU A Multimedia Training Tool for Treating Individuals with Co occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders will develop and pilot test interactive distance learning modules and an e simulation module with embedded evaluative
measures to assess knowledge and skill acquisition which have the potential to improve
public health through enhancing dissemination of EBPs in COD treatment MISSION U
challenges the prevailing paradigm addresses a growing need for training and offers the promise of not only improving clinical efficacy and patient outcomes but also increasing cost effectiveness and reducing medical expenditures as well

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