The Recovery Research Symposium presented by Cumberland Heights aims to highlight emerging research trends, create space for provider dialogue, and encourage collaborative partnership opportunities.
Building a Feedback Informed Organization
Nick Hayes, PhD
Chief Science Officer, Cumberland Heights Foundation
One of the largest issues plaguing behavioral healthcare is unquestionably measurement. For example, there is only one standard for measurement throughout the entirety of our field (diagnosis). Fortunately, the growth of data science along with technology accelerants has primed many providers with the opportunity to adopt measurement practices throughout their organizations. These new practices can support providers ability to collect, model, and disseminate patient data. This presentation will highlight the unique experience of one provider by identifying the pragmatic steps our teams have taken to accelerate the process of becoming a more feedback informed organization. Several key projects will be covered including our Measurement Based Care system and SUD Outcomes Network (shared data repository).
Collaborative Science: NAATP’s FoRSE Outcomes Program
Annie Peters, PhD, LP
Director of Research and Education, NAATP
The National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) has formed a new non-profit organization to take on the task of a national, collaborative addiction treatment outcomes program. The NAATP Foundation for Recovery Science and Education (FoRSE) has developed a clinical data repository and the technology infrastructure to connect with diverse types of providers who use a variety of data collection systems. Together, we can work toward the common goal of demonstrating, on a large scale, the impact of quality addiction treatment on our patients’ lives. This presentation will outline the FoRSE program, invite collaboration and partnerships, and discuss potential implications for transforming the field of addiction treatment.
J. Greg Hobelmann, MD, MPH
Joint CEO, Ashley Addiction Treatment
Andrew Huhn, PhD, MBA
Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Over the past 2 years, Ashley Addiction Treatment and Johns Hopkins have developed a strong collaboration based on research to improve substance use disorder treatment. In our presentation, we will share our personal backgrounds and review how we have cultivated this relationship to build a mutually beneficial and productive research program. Our initial step was solidifying contracts between our organizations. We then discussed how to create a meaningful collaboration and developed our initial plan, which included integrating research into a facility that is unfamiliar with typical research policies and procedures. Our initial aim was to build a system that would integrate research into a clinical environment, evaluate our program’s outcomes, and begin to demonstrate academic productivity by analyzing publicly available data and publishing the results in peer-reviewed medical journals. We then started to generate our own data by designing and implementing novel studies that were prospectively designed to answer important questions in addiction medicine and were also appropriate for peer-reviewed publication. Throughout this process, we also concentrated on building a research team, generating resources (grants, philanthropy), and translating single-study ideas into a sustainable research program.