Identifying and Disseminating Substance, Treatment, Strategy (STS) Recommendations to AIDS Service Organizations

Addressing substance use disorder service integration in sensitive settings

By Bryan Garner

Despite its recognized need, substance use disorder service integration remains extremely limited within HIV/AIDS-related settings. This is a problematic issue given that substance use is highly prevalent among individuals living with HIV/AIDS, which makes substance use disorder service integration of high public health relevance. To tackle this challenge, RTI led a study to identify Substance-Treatment-Strategy (STS) recommendations to help AIDS service organizations across the nation address substance use disorders and test the effectiveness of external facilitation as an adjunct to more common dissemination strategies. RTI empirically identified STS recommendations and implementation strategy, and experimentally tested the effectiveness of external facilitation as a method to improve the advancement of empirically supported innovations.