Substance Abuse Resources & Disability Issues

Josephine F. Wilson, D.D.S., Ph.D., Director

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Funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Drugs and Disability (RRTC) researched illicit drug use among consumers of vocational rehabilitation services from 1997-2003. The RRTC on Drugs and Disability was designed to improve vocational rehabilitation outcomes for individuals who abuse substances.

The RRTC conducted epidemiological and evaluative research studies of substance abuse and substance abuse services for consumers of state vocational rehabilitation (VR) programs and other people with disabilities. Recent legislative changes in benefits, HIV-specific VR services, and the needs of youth transitioning into work were also addressed. In accordance with NIDRR's directive, the research and training activities of the RRTC chiefly addressed substance abuse as it co-exists with other disabilities. The RRTC also included an extensive program of training and dissemination.

Stakeholder concerns and interests were addressed by several mechanisms, including a formal subcontract with the National Association on Alcohol, Drugs, and Disability (NAADD). Multiple collaborations were delineated with federal agencies, including the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the national Addiction Technology Transfer Centers (ATTCs) funded by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), the Regional Rehabilitation Continuing Education Programs (RPCEPs), as well as other professional and consumer organizations, national clearinghouses, other RRTC's, and institutions of higher education.