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Volume 4, Issue 1
In this Issue...

> Introduction to This Issue of The Bridge
> What are the Advantages of Integrating SUD/AUD Treatment into Mainstream Medical Care?
> Better Treatment Through Medication: A Case for Integration
> Advantages of Integrating Care Outweigh the Challenges
> Can we Change and Keep the Best of What We Have?
> Integrating Addiction Treatment into Medical Care: The Devil's Advocate

> Building 21st Century Systems of Care for Alcohol and Drug Use Disorders: Healthcare Transformation and Integration in Oregon

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> Introduction to This Issue of The Bridge
By Paul Roman, PhD, Editor
For this issue of The Bridge, our editorial board members were presented with this challenge: What are the advantages (or disadvantages) of integrating SUD/AUD treatment into mainstream medical care? This is an issue of substantial prominence today, and an issue that has huge implications for the future of the treatment of SUDs. Read More...

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>What are the Advantages of Integrating SUD/AUD Treatment into Mainstream Medical Care?
Holly Hagle, IRETA
When considering the question of “what are the advantages of integrating substance use disorder treatment into mainstream medical care” I immediately see many advantages. In fact the first thing that I thought of when reading over the guidelines for this issue was a recent report on Interprofessional Collaborative Practice. Read More...

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> Better Treatment Through Medication: A Case for Integration
By Michael Boyle, University of Wisconsin
Perhaps the time has come to design and implement a new system to address substance use illnesses housed within the mainstream medical system. Read More...

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> Advantages of Integrating Care Outweigh the Challenges
By Elizabeth A. Wells, University of Washington
Health policy in the U.S. is moving toward bringing behavioral health into the mainstream healthcare system. Achieving such integration is an enormous job, requiring changes in funding streams, organizations, and individuals. Read More...

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>Can we Change and Keep the Best of What We Have?
By Louise Haynes, Medical University of South Carolina
In the addictions field, change is constant. It takes a lot of effort to change, and we wonder whether the future result will indeed be that much better than the system we have today.  Read More...

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> Integrating Addiction Treatment into Medical Care: The Devil's Advocate
By Steve Martino, Ph.D., Yale University
As a proponent of integrating addiction treatment into medical care, I find myself in the unique position of serving as the devil’s advocate in order to point out the challenges of integration that could improve the integrated care model. Read More...

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>Building 21st Century Systems of Care for Alcohol and Drug Use Disorders: Healthcare Transformation and Integration in Oregon
By Dennis McCarty and Traci Rieckmann, Oregon Health& Science University
A 21st Century system of care for alcohol, tobacco and drug use disorders must be integrated with mainstream medical care. Read More...

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The Bridge is a semi-annual e-pub that links science and service by providing information and tools on technology transfer and implementation science strategies.


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Introducing: The Bridge Video Talk Show Tuesday, February 13
1:00 PM EST / 12:00 PM CST
11:00 AM MST / 10:00 AM PST
SBIRT and Health Care Integration
Learn more in this live discussion with researchers from the Bridge Editorial Board.
Reserve your seat today!

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Related Posts from the ATTC/NIATx Service Improvement Blog:

Integration: The Great Debate

What happens if they say "Yes"?


Inspiring Change Through SBIRT: Start with the "Why"

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