ARI-AHEC and Family & Community Services present

Improving Addiction Treatment Outcomes: Access, Retention, & Evidence Based Practice

Friday, August 30, 2019, 9am - 4pm

Northeast Ohio Medical University, NEW Center Ballroom A

4209 St. Rt. 44, Rootstown, OH  44272

*Check-in & Breakfast: 8:00 am


FREE Event!

  • 6.0 credit hours of CE applied for (social workers & counselors).
  • Continental breakfast and lunch included.

Training Overview:

The Washington Circle, a national think tank on behavioral health funding and services has shown that access to, and retention in addiction treatment are the greatest predictors of successful outcomes. Yet more than half of persons admitted to addictions treatment do not complete it, and one in five received administrative discharges. What is the impact of client no-shows and treatment discontinuation. What are the causes? What can be done?

This 1-day, 6.0-hour workshop provides behavioral health counselors and administrators an opportunity to consider some causes of client attrition, while also exploring a few evidence based and promising practices proven to keep clients retained in services. The workshop will include a review of national, state, and local data illuminating the dynamics of scarce resources and a shared continuum of care. Participants will also receive information on several initiatives or practices that can increase client retention including:

(a) a primer on several Clinical evidence-based practices (e.g. Motivational Interviewing, Motivational Incentives), and;

(b) exposure to several agency proven promising practices on treatment continuation.



At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the clinical importance of treatment retention
  • Become familiar with the current state of client no-shows and treatment attrition
  • Identify key causes for dropping out of treatment
  • Identify effective clinical and administrative practices for improving retention


This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U77HP23072: DVDA 93.107 "Area Health Education Centers Point of Service Maintenance and Enhancement - Opioid Supplement." This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.



John M. Ellis, LISW-S, LICDC, CS

School of Social Work

College of Health Professions

The University of Akron

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