By Paul Roman, Editor
Welcome to the Summer 2012 edition of The Bridge. In a way, this issue celebrates the recent Supreme Court decision that will allow the Affordable Care Act to move forward. As all of our readers know, this opens the door to several major changes, in particular the expansion of the availability of treatment through both broader coverage and by improved organizational structures for the delivery of treatment for substance use disorders (SUDs). The legislation also provides a platform within which to meld the expanded opportunities for quality treatment that should occur with the provisions of the parity legislation, the Wellstone Domenici Act.
It is very timely to consider the results of new work at the University of Wisconsin which offers us a set of eleven "ingredients" for what could be the "successful redesign" of SUD treatment. The issue begins with that presentation, authored by Professor David Gustafson, and is followed by critical responses from the members of the Editorial Board of The Bridge.
As always we encourage and welcome commentary on what is presented here for future issues of The Bridge. Please direct such comments to Paul Roman at the University of Georgia (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The opinions expressed herein are the views of the authors and do not reflect the official position of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), SAMHSA, CSAT or the ATTC Network. No official support or endorsement of DHHS, SAMHSA, or CSAT for the opinions of authors presented in this e-publication is intended or should be inferred.