Treatnet–International Network of Drug Dependence Treatment and Rehabilitation Resource Centres

Juana Tomás-Rosselló

Tomás-Rosselló, Juana; Busse, Anja;Carise, Deni; Melis, Martina; Rawson, Richard; Saenz-Miranda, Elizabeth; Uchtenhagen, Ambros; Usopov, Oleg; Zapata, Mario; Zhao, Min UNODC, United Nations, Austria/ UNODC, United Nations Treatnet Network, Austria

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) initiated Treatnet in December 2005 as a tool to improve the quality of drug dependence treatment and rehabilitation through exchange of experience among members and partners. Treatnet aims at improving quality, accessibility, and affordability of drug dependence treatment and rehabilitation services worldwide. During Treatnet’s Phase I (2005-07), an operational network of 20 resource centers from all regions was initiated. A training package was developed by a consortium led by UCLA, and training was delivered to trainers and service providers at Treatnet centers. Treatnet members prepared good practice documents on Community-Based Treatment, Sustainable Livelihoods for Rehabilitation and Reintegration, Role of Drug Dependence Treatment in HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care, and Drug Dependence Treatment in Closed Settings. The developers of the ASI in collaboration with the network created a Treatnet-ASI. Fifteen additional treatment providers participate in the network electronically. The network cooperates with UNODC-supported regional and national treatment initiatives and is in close contact with partner organizations and networks such as WHO (Headquarters and Euro), UNAIDS, ILO, EMCDDA, CICAD, SAMHSA/CSAT, NIDA, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and NIATx. The Treatnet Web page and electronic forum have been online since June 2006 ( Phase II is currently being planned for 2007–10, with the following core elements: (1) network sustainability and expansion; (2) dissemination of evidence-based practices to local/regional networks through training; and (3) demonstration of good practices through pilot initiatives. The poster will present preliminary results of Phase I evaluation, outline key elements of the good practice documents, and introduce plans for Phase II. Treatnet is funded by the generous contributions of the Governments of Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the United States, as well as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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