As a nationwide, multidisciplinary resource for addictions treatment and recovery services professionals, the Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network (www.ATTCnetwork.org) serves to:
• Raise awareness of evidence-based and promising treatment and recovery practices,
• Build skills to prepare the workforce in delivering state-of-the-art addictions treatment and recovery services, and
• Change practice by incorporating these new skills into everyday use for the purpose of improving outcomes.
Established in 1993 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the ATTC Network is a national leader in preparing the addictions workforce to deliver effective and culturally sensitive services which lead to long-term recovery. The Network is comprised of 14 Regional Centers and a National Office serving the U.S. states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Pacific Islands of Guam, American Samoa, Palau, Marshal Islands, Micronesia, and Mariana Islands.
The first edition of The Change Book was the product of a group of professionals representing the ATTC National Office and ATTC Practice Committee, one of seven national committees serving the ATTC Network. The Practice Committee was comprised of individuals from several Regional Centers, the National Office, and selected experts from multiple health and behavioral science disciplines and practice settings.
To enhance the second edition, members of the ATTC Service Improvement Committee collected resources and tools, as well as reviewed content. The National Office staff and associates oversaw the development, organization and design of the new edition to create a user-friendly, cohesive publication benefiting readers.Special recognition goes to Steve Gallon, PhD, Practice Committee Chair and Northwest Frontier ATTC Regional Center Director for his vision and leadership. He skillfully set the stage for a dynamic, inclusive process resulting in an ATTC Technology Transfer Symposium, which consequently served as the foundation for The Change Book.