Home > National workforce report 2017: strategies for recruitment, retention, and development of the substance use disorder treatment and recovery services workforce: A national qualitative report.

Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network. Alagoz, Esra and Hartje, Joyce and Fitzgerald, Maureen [ATTC Network] . (2017) National workforce report 2017: strategies for recruitment, retention, and development of the substance use disorder treatment and recovery services workforce: A national qualitative report. Kansas: Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network.

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The purpose of the study was to research both state and provider level recruitment and retention strategies of the US substance use disorder (SUD) treatment workforce. This report is organized into three sections. “Methodology” describes how data were collected and analyzed. “Workforce Development Efforts at the State Level” describes the analysis of qualitative interviews with Single State Agencies (SSAs) regarding current trends that affect the recruitment and retention of the substance abuse disorder (SUD) treatment workforce. The research questions were:

  • What are the recruitment and retention struggles that need to be addressed in the SUD treatment field?
  • What are the promising initiatives that SSAs employ to enhance recruitment and retention of the SUD treatment workforce?
  • Is there a need to change training plans, education standards, or other activities in the next five years? 

“Workforce Development Efforts at the Provider Level” reports on semi-structured interviews with clinical directors of SUD treatment organization on strategies they found effective for recruitment and retention of their direct service staff. Our research questions were:

  • What are the recruitment and retention struggles that need to be addressed in SUD treatment field?
  • What are the promising strategies provider agencies employ for recruitment and retention of the SUD treatment workforce?
  • What are the barriers to recruitment and retention of the staff and what strategies do agencies use to overcome those barriers?
Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Report
Drug Type:Alcohol or other drugs in general
Intervention Type:Education and training
Source:ATTC Network
Date:September 2017
Publisher:Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network
Corporate Creators:Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network
Place of Publication:Kansas
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Subjects:J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Treatment and maintenance > Treatment factors
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Organisational development
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Organisational development > Workforce / staff skills and training
VA Geographic area > United States

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