New England Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) Annual Report: Year Two
Substance use is a complex concern for communities and practitioners alike throughout New England. Addressing the risk and protective factors related to substance use takes time, coordination from diverse stakeholders, and persistence to make change.
In October 2018, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) awarded AdCare Educational Institute of Maine, Inc. (AdCare Maine) the five-year cooperative agreement for the New England Prevention Technology Transfer Center (New England PTTC). In turn, AdCare Maine contracted with the Co-occurring Collaborative Serving Maine (CCSME) to provide program support and distance learning. AdCare Maine also contracted with Public Consulting Group, Inc. (PCG), an external evaluator, to conduct an initial needs assessment regarding training and technical assistance for prevention professionals and to support the project with ongoing quarterly and annual reporting for the five-year grant.
The goal of the New England PTTC is to improve the delivery of effective substance use prevention training and technical assistance services to professionals throughout New England working in the substance use prevention field.
The New England PTTC had two overarching goals for Year Two to increase capacity of the regional prevention professional workforce to use:
- prevention research to prevent and reduce substance use disorders, and
- core prevention skill sets in the prevention of substance use disorders.
This report reflects the efforts of the New England PTTC in Year Two of the grant, i.e., between September 30, 2019 and September 29, 2020.