Second Annual Substance Abuse Summer Institute Links Research to Practice

July 26, 2001

The Arizona Substance Abuse Consortium for Knowledge Exchange and Research announces its Second Annual Summer Institute program, "Bridging the Gap 2: Linking Research to Practice."

The institute is designed to promote collaboration among those who deliver substance-abuse services in Arizona and to enhance the quality and effectiveness of substance-abuse services throughout the state. Institute presenters will share information about current research studies, evidence-based treatment practices, and research methodology and applications for the treatment community. This conference is for individuals and organizations interested in research and evaluation of substance abuse services and in promoting dialogue and collaboration.

Cost for this three-day event that will be held at the Hon Dah Resort and Conference Center in Pinetop, Ariz. is $75 or $50 for one day. Attendees are responsible for their own lodging and meals. Individuals interested in attending the institute should contact Dona Rivera at 520-917-0841 or 1-800-724-2855.

Conference Highlights
The Institute will open with the White Mountain Apache Crown Dancers and Edgar Perry singing the National Anthem.

Presentations include:
"Addiction is a Brain Disease: New Implications for Research & Practice" by Jack Stein, deputy director of the Office of Science Policy and Communications at the National Institute on Drug Abuse;

"Advocacy and Politics in Addictions Treatment: An Arizona Perspective" by Neal Cash, chief executive officer of Community Partnership of Southern Arizona;

"Learning to Use the Community Reinforcement Approach" two sessions by Robert Rhode, the University of Arizona, and Robert J. Meyers, the University of New Mexico;

"Alcohol, Drugs & Disability: So What's the Problem?" by John de Miranda, Executive Director of the National Association on Alcohol, Drugs, and Disability.

"Organizational & Leadership Influences on Innovation and Change" by Dennis McCarty, Oregon Health Sciences University.

A reception & poster session will take place on the evening of Thursday, Aug. 2. Native American storytelling, arts and crafts also will be featured during the reception.

Conference Sponsors:
The Second Annual Substance Abuse Summer Institute is sponsored by the Arizona Substance Abuse Consortium for Knowledge Exchange and Research, which is coordinated by the Community Rehabilitation Division, School of Public Administration and Policy, Eller College of Business and Public Administration at the University of Arizona.

Co-sponsors include: Arizona Department of Health Services/Division of Behavioral Health Services, Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections, Community Partnership of Southern Arizona, TERROS, Inc., Arizona Department of Corrections, EMPACT-Suicide Prevention Center, La Frontera Center, Inc., Northern Arizona Regional Behavioral Health Authority, and Value Options.

More Information:
For information, to register for the institute or interview any of the featured speakers:
contact Dona Rivera, project coordinator with the Arizona Substance Abuse Consortium for Knowledge Exchange & Research at: 1-800-724-2855 or by e-mail to


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