Substance Abuse Resources & Disability Issues

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

Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC)

In 2004, the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) funded the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Substance Abuse, Disability, and Employment. This RRTC addresses employment issues among persons with disabilities and co-existing substance use disorders.

RRTCs funded by NIDRR carry out coordinated advanced programs of rehabilitation research; provide training (including graduate, pre-service, and in-service training); provide technical assistance to individuals with disabilities, their representatives, providers, and other interested parties; and serve as centers for national excellence in rehabilitation research for individuals with disabilities, their representatives, providers, and other interested parties.

For more details regarding employment-focused Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers (RRTCs), view the following report issued by the National Insitute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). The Focus Technical Brief Number 7 (also titled "Rehabilitation Research & Training Centers and Employment Outcomes Research") provides an overview of research findings from various RRTCs around the country, including Wright State University (SARDI Program), Cornell University, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Mississippi State University, and the University of Hawai'i.