- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) has awarded The UT Austin School of Social Work a five-year, $3.5 million competitive renewal for the Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC). Under this renewal, UT Austin is designated as the technology transfer center responsible for the five-state HHS Region 6, which includes Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas, and Louisiana.
The purpose of ATTC Region 6 is to enhance competencies of substance use disorder counselors for delivery of evidence-based, culturally relevant addiction treatment services and thereby to promote recovery and improve the lives of individuals and families affected by alcohol and drug abuse. The target populations served through this ATTC are students preparing for an addictions counseling career, and practicing counselors in front-line substance use disorder treatment programs. The ATTC has a special focus on students from African American, Mexican American and American Indian cultural groups. In addition, priority emphases include Recovery Oriented Systems of Care, cultural competence, and organizational strategies for implementation of science-based services.
The goals of the Region 6 ATTC are to: 1) Develop and maintain collaborative consortia of state agencies, educational institutions, provider and professional organizations, recovery community, faith-based groups, and other stakeholder groups; 2) Develop a competent and diverse workforce by educating pre-service students and providing professional development events for currently practicing addictions counselors, recruiting and retaining minority students, conducting trainings in cultural competency and related topics, and conducting leadership institutes and supervisory trainings; 3) Promote adoption of evidence-based practices by maintaining active linkages with research resources, develop and updating research-based curricula, convene research-to-practice workshops, and work with organizations on change processes and coaching strategies; and 4) Serve as a resource on recovery by providing technical support for providers, state agencies, faith-based organizations in developing coaching, supervision and support activities to ensure long-term implementation of the products.