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Release: May 13, 2002

Prairielands Addiction Technology Transfer Center receives $2.75 million grant

The Prairielands Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) was awarded a five-year, $2.75 million grant by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, which is part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Prairielands ATTC is part of the national ATTC network, which provides resources and education in substance abuse, and facilitates technology transfer of empirically supported assessment and treatment approaches within the region it serves. As one of 14 regional centers, the Prairielands ATTC serves Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. The center began operating in 1998; it is located within the UI College of Public Health Department of Community and Behavioral Health.

The Prairielands ATTC will continue to provide education and training for health care professionals, counselors, government officials and community-based treatment providers. The center focuses on substance abuse issues in rural, frontier and reservation areas of the four states, as well as on substance abuse issues among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons, and substance abuse in the Native American communities. In addition, the center collaborates with professionals with expertise in nicotine addiction, substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders, women, veterans, and adolescents and the elderly. Gambling addiction is an increasing problem in the region, as well as binge drinking on college campuses, and the center works with experts on these issues too.

"Because we work within a five-state region, we try to emphasize the specific substance abuse issues in the region, as well as work with professionals with specific expertise in each region. We also work very closely with the other ATTCs and collaborate on projects relating to substance abuse prevention and education," said Anne Skinstad, UI assistant professor of community and behavioral health and director of the Prairielands ATTC. "Our goal is to provide frontline health care workers the most current, state-of-the-art knowledge to enable them to assess, refer, follow-up and educate on substance abuse cases at a very high level."