The Brandeis/Harvard Center to Improve System Performance of Substance Use Disorder Treatment

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University

skip to content

The Brandeis/Harvard Center to Improve System Performance of Substance Use Disorder Treatment

The Brandeis/Harvard Center to Improve System Performance of Substance Use Disorder Treatment

Bringing together the collective expertise of Brandeis and Harvard researchers

“The healthcare delivery system is changing extremely rapidly, and we want to make sure that treatment for people with substance use disorders has a place at the table and is part of the innovation that’s happening, and that we build the research portfolio that supports these innovations, such as payment, financing and quality of care.”

Constance Horgan, ScD
Brandeis University
Director, NIDA Center

Funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the Brandeis/Harvard Center to Improve System Performance of Substance Use Disorder Treatment brings together the collective expertise of Brandeis and Harvard researchers.

Its objective is to use research on payment methods and service delivery organization to synergistically expand the research base, to ensure that SUD treatment services are included in efforts to improve quality and reduce the cost of health care services, and to inform policy decisions that will profoundly affect the cost, quality and availability of SUD treatment services.

The Center builds on 3 component research projects, as well as related research at Brandeis, Harvard and elsewhere, and support the development of new research to provide crucial and timely research evidence that can inform the design and implementation of effective policies. The Administrative and Research Support Cores provide the organizational engine to promote cross-fertilization of methods and findings across projects to support the Center’s aims:

  1. Address new research questions that stem from the Center theme and conceptual framework.
  2. Advance the science by stimulating research, learning, and experimentation on payment and delivery system reforms for substance use disorder treatment.
  3. Drive the next generation of research by training and mentoring junior investigators.
  4. Translate and disseminate our findings and expertise in both content and methods, serving as a national resource for payment and delivery system reform for substance use disorder treatment.

The Center fills a critical public health need to better understand how to improve performance of the delivery system for treatment of substance use disorders.

The Brandeis/Harvard NIDA Center continues a long-standing collaboration between the Institute for Behavioral Health at Brandeis University's Schneider Institutes for Health Policy and Harvard Medical School's Department of Health Care Policy that began in 1995. By sharing knowledge and resources across institutions, we create a whole greater than its parts and our ability to conduct high-quality health services research is enhanced. 

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

NIDA Center Fall Symposium:

Katharine Bradley, MD, MPH will be the keynote speaker at the NIDA Center Fall 2018 Symposium on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at Brandeis University, speaking on the topic of "Integrating routine care for alcohol and other drug use in the primary care setting"

Upcoming Conference Presentations:

The NIDA Center will be present at the following upcoming conferences:

October 17-19, 2018: AHSR 2018 in Savannah, Georgia 

Mentoring:

October 17-19, 2018: The NIDA Center will be hosting mentoring at the Addiction Health Services Research Conference in Savannah, GA. 

Please contact Hillary Richards (hrichards@brandeis.edu) if you are interested in being a mentor or mentee at future conferences.

Knowledge Advancing Social Justice

Copyright 2018 • Brandeis University • All rights are reserved