Ideally you will look to others to assist you in planning and presenting the Regional Dissemination Workshop. Regional partners from research/academic, treatment, professional organizations, community health and/or policy domains can help shape dissemination workshop goals, and expand the potential audience to include diverse healthcare providers, policymakers, educators and researchers, Partnerships can also increase the reach of advertising through the use of various e-mail lists.
- University Partners - Collaborating with university partners, such as Departments of Psychiatry, Public Health, Neuroscience, Schools of Nursing, Dentistry, etc. can meet the goal of disseminating evidence-based treatments beyond traditional substance abuse treatment providers to reach students, researchers, educators and a range of healthcare professionals.
- Addiction Technology Transfer Centers (ATTCs) - The ATTC's mission includes increasing awareness, building skills and changing treatment practices to incorporate evidence-based practices into community addictions treatment. The ATTCs have worked with NIDA and the CTN on the NIDA/SAMHSA Blending Initiative to develop user-friendly "Blending Products" for treatment providers to facilitate the adoption of evidence-based interventions, including those tested within the CTN. The ATTCs have a blending booth/exhibit/display that may be available for your workshop. The ATTCs have advanced expertise in implementing trainings, and can often provide infrastructure to assist planning, registration, trainers, and CEU offerings.
- Single State Agencies (SSA) for Substance Abuse Services - Single State Agencies administer the federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant issued through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for each state. Collaboration with a single state agency provides opportunities such as targeting state-wide substance abuse trends, bringing policymakers and treatment providers together, and expanding the list of potential attendees state-wide. The single state agency will have a list of all licensed treatment programs within a state.
- Research Centers - Research Centers include NIDA sponsored regional centers that conduct research on different aspects of substance abuse. Examples include translational research on methamphetamine abuse and the Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Treatment Studies network. Collaboration with research centers may be particularly helpful for identifying presenters of exciting areas of research beyond the usual scope of treatment-related information.
- NIDA/Synergy - Synergy is now offering a Blending Products Booth or table top display that you can request for your event, and it will be mailed to you along with materials for distribution. Contact Joann Weston for help with your event at JWeston@seiservices.com.
- Professional Organizations- Some professional organizations may want to join your event, or you may want to add on to a conference they are planning.
- Treatment Programs - Some of the treatment programs who participate in the CTN are large, and may have resources and relationships with larger organizations that promote training and dissemination. They may be able to offer clinical experts for presentations, printing materials, volunteers, available space, etc.