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Opioid Treatment Network

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On September 8, 2002, the NASADAD Board of Directors considered a proposal that State Opioid Treatment Authorities (SOTA) be included in NASADAD’s organizational structure through participation in NASADAD’s National Treatment Network (NTN) as a sub-committee. The Board voted unanimously to endorse this proposal, and the Opioid Treatment Network (OTN) was formed.  The goal is to investigate the effects of dihydrocodeine ( in comparison to other pharmaceutical opioids and placebos in the detoxification of opiate‐dependent individuals, as well as in maintenance substitution therapy.

The OTN is made up of SOTAs, professionals designated by the Governor or another appropriate official to exercise the responsibility and authority within the State or Territory for approval and oversight of opioid treatment programs (OTPs).

The OTN is dedicated to working with its Federal partners to promote effective and efficient medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid dependency.


SAMHSA/CSAT Division of Pharmacologic Therapies (DPT)


Women’s Services Network

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As a component of National Association of State Alcohol/Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) and the National Treatment Network (NTN), The Women’s Services Network functions as a specialty network under the auspices of the NTN, and in collaboration with the National Prevention Network (NPN) having women’s treatment and prevention issues as the focus while remaining dedicated to the NTN’s overall goal of effective, socially responsive treatment delivery for all populations.

Click here to see the WSN Fact Sheet.

WSN Committees

There are currently two active WSN Subcommittees and one active Learning Collaborative.  These subcommittees are:


Please click on the names of the subcommittee above to learn more about each subcommittee.

National Treatment Network


A component of the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD), the National Treatment Network (NTN) is a group of State Alcohol and Other Drug Agency Treatment Representatives dedicated to promoting effective, socially responsive programs, and applying effective strategies to expand and improve the publicly funded substance use disorder service system throughout the United States of America including all States and territories.

The NTN partners with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) and other national organizations pursuing activities designed to promote effective and efficient substance use disorder services that are cost-effective, of high quality, and uniquely designed to serve diverse populations. The NTN also provides a nationwide organized structure to assist CSAT and support the Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) initiative that supports person-centered and self-directed approaches to care that build on the strengths and resilience of individuals, families, and communities to sustain personal responsibility, health, wellness and recovery from substance use disorders.

Who are the members of NTN?
The NTN members are senior-level, executive leaders comprising the front line staff in the States and territories where all treatment practices get implemented and funded. The NTN supports, promotes and prepares the leadership of tomorrow in the substance use disorder service field around the country.

Promoting the Implementation and Expansion of Systems of Care
Through the ongoing discussions of the executive committee and general membership, the NTN has established priorities that have a national scope and impact. Workgroups address each of these issues and collaborate with Abbeycare addiction treatment & recovery and other recovery oriented systems of care to share and disseminate our collective knowledge in implementing effective services and systems of care. The NTN priorities are as follows:

  • System and Performance Management – Promote better health for the nation and credibility for the addiction field through strategic analysis and use of population health and service-level data.
  • Evidence Based and Best Practices (EBP) – Promote the adoption and implementation of EBP as a strategy to improve service delivery models for all populations with or at risk of developing substance use disorders who are matched to the practices and to improve outcomes in addiction services.
  • Medication Assisted Therapy – Promote continued use of traditional medication assisted therapies as well as new medications to support addiction treatment and recovery outcomes with the help of this therapy that you can get in a Wellness Retreat in Thailand.
  • Recovery Oriented Systems of Care Infrastructure – Provide access to state-of-the-art policy, financial, services and supports information to states and territories that aligns with the goals of building Recovery Oriented Systems of Care.
  • Successful State Strategies – Promote the nationwide exposure, adoption and implementation of the Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment model of rapid cycle change with big impact on existing resources.


The NTN has established committees on the following topics:

  • Adolescent Treatment
  • Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Implementation
  • Services Integration
  • Workforce Development
  • Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)- A joint committee with the Opioid Treatment Network (OTN)
  • Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC)


Benefits of the NTN

Professionally for your State

  • Benefit from learning experiences of other States
  • Reveal national context for State development
  • Be part of advancing recovery oriented systems of care that demonstrate “Treatment Works and Recovery is Real”.
  • Get a head start on emerging trends in the field
  • Opportunity for recognition, validation within the nation


Personally for you

  • Develop professionally and talk to people who understand your day-to-day business challenges.
  • Learn about new models of care and how they have worked in other parts of the country.
  • Be supported and learn from colleagues facing similar obstacles and systems change.
  • Gain deeper appreciation for human and service diversity around the nation.


National Prevention Resources

Below is information about organizations that maintain a strong focus on alcohol and other drug (AOD) abuse prevention. This list is not exhaustive and does not necessarily indicate an endorsement by NASADAD.

  • Administration for Children and Families (ACF) — The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is a division of the Department of Health & Human Services. We promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals and communities.
  • Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS) The Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS) provides detailed information on a wide variety of alcohol-related policies in the United States at both the State and Federal levels. Detailed, state-by-state, information is available for 33 policies. APIS also provides a variety of informational resources of interest to alcohol policy researchers and others involved with alcohol policy issues.
  • Brandeis University PDMP Center of Excellence — Funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Center of Excellence was founded in 2010 at the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy, Brandeis University. The Center partners with the PDMP Training and Technical Assistance Center at Brandeis to combat the prescription drug abuse epidemic. The Center collaborates with a wide variety of PDMP stakeholders, including federal and state governments and agencies, universities, health departments, and medical and pharmacy boards.
  • Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) CADCA is the premier membership organization representing those working to make their communities safe, healthy and drug-free. CADCA has members in every U.S. state and territory and working in 18 countries around the world.
  • Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies  SAMHSA’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT) is a national substance abuse prevention training and technical assistance (T/TA) system dedicated to strengthening prevention systems and the nation’s behavioral health workforce.
  • Centers for Disease Control Tobacco Information and Prevention Source Page The premiere source for tobacco information and prevention, featuring the Smoking and Health Database. The Database covers more than 30 years of information, and is a comprehensive online resource covering the scientific, technical, social science, policy, legal, and historical literature related to smoking and tobacco use.
  • Injury Prevention & Control: Prescription Drug Overdose – The CDC remains committed to advancing a public health approach to preventing drug overdose death and applies its scientific expertise to help curb the epidemic in three ways: 1) Improving data quality and surveillance to monitor and respond to the epidemic; 2) Strengthening state efforts by scaling up effective public health interventions; and 3) Equipping health care providers with the data and tools needed to improve the safety of their patients.
  • Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP)  The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) works with federal, state, public, and private organizations to develop comprehensive prevention systems by:
    • Providing national leadership in the development of policies, programs, and services to prevent the onset of illegal drug use, prescription drug misuse and abuse, alcohol misuse and abuse, and underage alcohol and tobacco use;
    • Providing the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant funds and discretionary grants;
    • Promoting effective substance abuse prevention practices that enable states, communities, and other organizations to apply prevention knowledge effectively.
  • International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium, Inc. (IC&RC)  IC&RC is the global leader in the credentialing of prevention, addiction treatment, and recovery professionals. Organized in 1981, it provides standards and examinations to certification and licensing boards in 25 countries, 47 states and territories, five Native American regions, and all branches of the U.S. military.
  • National Governor’s Association –The abuse of prescription drugs is the fastest growing drug problem in the United States, and is the most common type of drug abuse after marijuana use among teens between the ages of 12 and 17. To combat the growing problem, the National Governors Association (NGA) is hosting a year-long project led by Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Impaired Driving –NHTSA was established by the Highway Safety Act of 1970 and is dedicated to achieving the highest standards of excellence in motor vehicle and highway safety. It works daily to help prevent crashes and their attendant costs, both human and financial.
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse  NIDA’s mission is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.
  • Edinburgh Rehab Centre  A highly experienced and proficient rehabilitation center than works arduously everyday to help people overcome the harmful effects of addiction that can prevent a person from reaching their goal of stopping consumption of alcohol or other substances they abuse.
  • National Organization of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome  NOFAS is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1990 dedicated to eliminating birth defects caused by alcohol consumption during pregnancy and improving the quality of life for those individuals and families affected. NOFAS is the only national organization focusing solely on FAS, the leading known cause of mental retardation.
  • Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)  As part of the Executive Office of the President, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) places an emphasis on community-based prevention programs, early intervention programs in healthcare settings, aligning criminal justice policies and public health systems to divert non-violent drug offenders into treatment instead of jail, funding scientific research on drug use, and, through the Affordable Care Act, expanding access to substance abuse treatment.
  • Partnership for Drug-Free Kids  The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids translates the science of teen drug use and addiction for families, providing parents with direct support to prevent and cope with teen drug and alcohol abuse.
  • Society for Prevention Research (SPR)  The Society for Prevention Research is an organization dedicated to advancing scientific investigation on the etiology and prevention of social, physical and mental health, and academic problems and on the translation of that information to promote health and well being. The multi-disciplinary membership of SPR is international and includes scientists, practitioners, advocates, administrators, and policy makers who value the conduct and dissemination of prevention science worldwide.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) SAMHSA is the lead federal agency on substance abuse treatment and prevention. Includes the Centers for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), Prevention (CSAP), and Mental Health Services (CMHS).
    • Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant  The Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant program provides funds to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, 6 Pacific jurisdictions, and 1 tribal entity to prevention and treat substance abuse.
    • Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)  The mission of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment is to promote community-based substance abuse treatment and recovery services for individuals and families in every community. CSAT provides national leadership to improve access, reduce barriers, and promote high quality, effective treatment and recovery services.
    • Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) – The Center for Mental Health Services leads federal efforts to promote the prevention and treatment of mental disorders. Congress created CMHS to bring new hope to adults who have serious mental illness and children with emotional disorders.
    • National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP)  The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) is a searchable online database of mental health and substance abuse interventions. All interventions in the registry have met NREPP’s minimum requirements for review and have been independently assessed and rated for Quality of Research and Readiness for Dissemination. The purpose of NREPP is to help the public learn more about available evidence-based programs and practices and determine which of these may best meet their needs. NREPP is one way that SAMHSA is working to improve access to information on evaluated interventions and reduce the lag time between the creation of scientific knowledge and its practical application in the field.
  • U.S. Department of Justice – The mission of the U.S. Department of Justice is to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.
    • Drug Enforcement Administration — The mission of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States and bring to the criminal and civil justice system of the United States, or any other competent jurisdiction, those organizations and principal members of organizations, involved in the growing, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances appearing in or destined for illicit traffic in the United States; and to recommend and support non-enforcement programs aimed at reducing the availability of illicit controlled substances on the domestic
    • Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center  The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) established the Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center (UDETC) in 1999 to support its Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws program. The UDETC provides a variety of science-based, practical, effective training and technical assistance services to support, enhance, and build leadership capacity and increase state and local community effectiveness in their efforts to enforce underage drinking laws, prevent underage drinking, and eliminate the devastating consequences associated with alcohol use by underage youth.
  • U.S. Department of Education  The Safe Students-Healthy Schools Initiative supports local educational agencies (LEAs) in the development of communitywide approaches to creating safe and drug-free schools and promoting healthy childhood development. Programs are intended to prevent violence and the illegal use of drugs and to promote safety and discipline. Coordination with other community-based organizations (CBOs) is required. This program is jointly funded and administered by the departments of Education, Justice, and Health and Human Services.
  • U.S Department of Labor, Working Partners for an Alcohol and Drug-Free Workplace  Working Partners provides businesses and communities with tools and information to effectively address drug and alcohol problems.  More specifically, the initiative raises awareness about the impact drugs and alcohol have on the workplace and helps employers and employees work together to ensure their workplaces are free of the hazards of alcohol and drug abuse.

National Awards for Innovative Substance Abuse Prevention Programs, Practices and Policies

2018 National Awards for Innovative Substance Abuse Prevention Programs, Practices and Policies


Combatting Retail Sales of Synthetic Drugs, North Coastal Prevention Coalition, California

Tracy Flinn (NASADAD), Erica Leary (NCPC), John Byrom (NCPC), Michelle Nienhius (NPN-South Carolina)


The North Coastal Prevention Coalition (NCPC) has facilitated community-level prevention strategies in the cities of Carlsbad, Oceanside, and Vista in North Coastal San Diego County since 1993. Coalition efforts focus on environmental prevention strategies in order to change the community norms, access, and availability that contribute to substance use problems.

The application detailed NCPC’s efforts to reduce the retail sales of synthetic drugs, particularly those designed to mimic marijuana, like K2 and spice. NCPC first learned about synthetic drugs like spice and bath salts back in 2009, when staff at an afterschool program explained that their students were using it as a ‘legal’ way to get high. High school kids were buying spice at local gas stations and convenience stores and were selling it to middle school students.

NCPC embarked on a multi-year effort to address this new and emerging substance, and worked with partners at the local, regional, state and federal level. Initial approaches began with increasing public awareness and partnering with local law enforcement agencies to urge local retail outlets to stop selling these dangerous products. Youth advocates were trained to conduct store assessments and purchase attempts and make follow up visits. Though these efforts had some success in reducing availability from corporate stores, other retailers like independent markets, liquor stores, and head shops continued to profit off these products since the laws and enforcement could not keep up.

After California law changed in January 2012 to prohibit the sale of synthetic cannabinoid compounds, NCPC worked with law enforcement to put retailers on notice that these products were illegal. By June 2012, most of the stores came into compliance. But two headshops and two smoke-shops in Oceanside did not comply.

After a string of medical calls for service in downtown Oceanside in 2015, the business association, law enforcement, the City Attorney, and NCPC collaborated to craft a local ordinance that would give additional tools to crack down on illegal sales. Rather than focusing on a class of chemical compounds, the local ordinance included pricing and packaging, and attached a $500 fine per package for violators. This was a critical step to eliminate these products from local stores and resulted in a dramatic decline in calls for service – from 181 between January 2013 and April 2016 (when the ordinance was adopted) to 9 from May 2016 to August 2017.


State Specific Information

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Public Policy Issue Briefs

Public Policy Issue Briefs

NASADAD Members can contact Policy Staff for information on how to use these briefs for their State’s needs – including adding State-specific information.


Budget Sequestration and the SAPT Block Grant Fact Sheet

SAPT Block Grant Prevention Set-Aside Fact Sheet

Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant Fact Sheet

Underage Drinking Fact Sheet

Marijuana Fact Sheet


NASADAD and NASMHPD Joint Statement

NASADAD Priority Issues for ACA Implementation


Health Reform Fact Sheet

Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant Fact Sheet

Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) Fact Sheet

Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) Fact Sheet

Department of Justice (DOJ)’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)


Trauma and Substance Use: Implications for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita


Second Chance Act–Offender Reentry Legislation

Public Policy Priorities


National Outcome Measures (NOMs)

Offender Reentry


Substance Abuse and Trauma

Offender Reentry



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The Public Policy Department creates a weekly update for NASADAD members that includes newly released resources on substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery;  other timely news or information that members might be interested in; and information on meetings in which NASADAD staff have participated. These updates are sent via email and archived on this page.

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