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

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University

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About the Center

The Brandeis/Harvard Center to Improve System Performance of Substance Use Disorder Treatment will apply an interdisciplinary research lens to questions of delivery and payment of SUD treatment services needed in light of the dramatic, ongoing changes in the health care delivery system. Through this lens we will enhance existing studies and push the field forward so that critical information about access, delivery, payment and quality of SUD treatment services is available in this time of transformative change. The Center will focus on using its research synergistically to advance the science by stimulating research, learning and experimentation; drive the next generation of research; become a national resource for researchers, policymakers, providers and others; and inform policy decisions that will have profound effects on the cost, quality and availability of SUD treatment services.

The Center is directed by Constance Horgan, ScD, of Brandeis University and co-directed by Alisa Busch, MD, MS, and Haiden Huskamp, PhD, of Harvard University. It is housed at the Institute for Behavioral Health at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University and the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School, with administrative activities based at Brandeis.

Each organization brings a unique set of substantive skills that strengthens the collective expertise offered by the Center. Considered together, we bring the necessary expertise and structure required to tackle sophisticated issues and to conduct rigorous and coordinated research to improve the quality of SUD treatment.

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The Brandeis/Harvard NIDA Center To Improve System Performance of Substance Use Disorder Treatment is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). P30 DA035772

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