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State Systems Development Program (SSDP VIII) Conference - Washington, DC - Aug 20-22, 2008

Purpose of SSDP

In the early 1990s, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) launched the State Systems Development Program (SSDP).  Through SSDP, CSAT has offered a comprehensive array of activities to help service delivery systems build the capacity to not only sustain themselves but to flourish.  Under SSDP, CSAT has provided Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant recipients consultation, training, special reports and papers, meetings, and conferences to address issues of the day and burgeoning issues that the field is likely to face down the road.  Below are prominent SSDP components:

  • Technical assistance, training, and logistical projects
  • The Treatment Improvement Exchange (TIE) Forum
  • Treatment Improvement Protocols (TIPs)
  • Technical Assistance Publications (TAPs)
  • Regional meetings that focus intently on a specific topic of interest
  • National SSDP conferences

Overview of the SSDP Conference

Throughout its fertile partnership with State and local service delivery systems, CSAT has used the SSDP conference as a primary vehicle for promoting and showcasing programmatic, scientific, policy, financial, and technological advances in the field.  This year’s SSDP is the first in 4 years and marks the eighth time that CSAT’s Division of State and Community Assistance (DSCA) has convened all 60 SAPT Block Grant entities.  As one of the most visible components of CSAT’s partnership with State and local entities, SSDP is one of the few National forums specifically dedicating to sharing information and experiences to support the ongoing development and improvement of State and Territorial systems.  In fact, “Partnering to Support Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care” is the theme of SSDP VIII.

SSDP VIII will feature a mix of interactive “institutes” that explore in depth critical issues and practices from a range of perspectives; thought-provoking workshops that focus on topics of greatest concern to prevention and treatment systems; and insightful plenary sessions that showcase emerging Federal initiatives and cross-cutting concerns.  The institutes, for instance, will consist of nearly 2 days of tracks on each of the following:

  • Treatment issues
  • Recovery-oriented systems of care
  • Financing of State systems
  • Workforce development
  • Prevention issues
  • Performance management/quality improvement

The conference will also offer half-day workshops on the following:

  • Medication-assisted treatment
  • The HIV rapid-testing initiative
  • Disaster preparedness
  • American Indian/Alaska Native populations
  • Grassroots and faith-based issues
  • Electronic records
  • The Advancing Recovery initiative

Presenters will include leaders in Federal, State, local, and private systems from throughout the country.

SSDP VIII will take place August 20-22, 2008, at the Hyatt Regency Washington, DC.   In addition, a series of special preconference meetings will be held for specific groups on Tuesday, August 19, 2008.  Participants for the preconference meetings will receive special invitations.

Cost of the Conference

SSDP VIII is offered at no charge to participants. In fact, SAMHSA will cover the expenses of some participants. Below are distinctions between participants whose expenses SAMHSA is covering and participants who will be covering their own expenses:

  • Participants who receive SAMHSA support—To ensure that each State has an opportunity to participate in SSDP VIII, CSAT will cover the travel, meal, and lodging expenses for a limited number of people from each State and territory who are identified in advance by the State substance abuse agency director. Only those individuals who receive a personal identification number (PIN) and who meet Federal eligibility requirements will be able to receive the support.

  • Participants who cover their own expenses—Other participants are free to attend the conference at their own expense. A limited number of hotel rooms have been set aside at the hotel conference rate of $154 per night for conference participants who will pay for their own lodging. These participants will be able to book rooms at the conference rate after completing the conference registration process.

How and When to Register

To register for the conference, click here, and complete the registration process by July 2, 2008.