The Consortium is an alliance committed to improving prevention and treatment of substance use disorders through collaborative research and evaluation. The Consortium conducts program evaluations and research, and disseminates findings to professionals in the field, public policy makers and others interested in evaluation and research. The Consortium is administratively located within the National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice.
The Culturally Competent Substance Abuse Treatment Project began in November, 2007 and ended June, 2017. Funded by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), the project aimed to address barriers to treatment for members of minority groups and to implement culturally competent treatment services. The evaluation involved assessing outcomes for minority clients receiving these services by collecting outcomes data via SMART, analyzing substance use and demographic variables, and an analysis that compared outcomes for project participants to clients in other treatment programs in the state.