The Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment (NIATx) is a community of drug and alcohol treatment centers that apply process improvement strategies to the management and delivery of addiction treatment services. In this entry, the development of NIATx is described, basic principles of process improvement are outlined, and initial evaluation results are summarized.

NIATx began in 2003 as a public-private partnership through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Paths to Recovery program (Paths) and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment's (CSATs) Strengthening Treatment Access and Retention (STAR) initiative. Ten Paths awards and 13 STAR awards were coordinated and integrated through the National Program Office at the University of Wisconsin (David Gustafson, director), and a second round of 15 Paths awards were added in 2005 (one additional ...

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