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Date:12/17/2008

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John Roll, Washington State University, $4,048,617

Program title: Program of Excellence in Rural Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Program focus: To improve the delivery of mental health and substance abuse services in rural, underserved communities

The use of evidence-based treatments (EBTs), clinical guidelines that rely on what researchers have found to be effective treatment, has grown in all areas of health care in an effort to reduce errors and improve health. In the field of mental health, most EBTs have been developed for use in urban areas and may not be easily transferable to rural environments. Out of 39 Washington State counties, 23 are classified as rural with more than one million residents.

Applying a translational research approach, the investigators' first priority is to develop, modify, and implement EBTs for substance abuse and mental illness for use in Washington's rural areas. The team's long-term priority is to develop a self-sustaining program that is supported by public and private sector funds to conduct high-quality research for translation into effective treatment protocols. Through the use, refinement, and delivery of EBTs, this group of clinician-researchers seeks to improve the physical and behavioral signs and symptoms of drug and mental health disorders. If successful, the program will provide savings to Washington in the medical and social costs of managing these disorders. Washington State realizes four dollars in benefits for every dollar spent for treatment costs related to delivering treatments for alcohol, drug, and mental health disorders.

Collaborating organizations: Group Health Center for Health Studies, Swedish Medical Center, University of Washington, Washington Department of Social and Health Services

Patrick Stayton, University of Washington, $7,163,794

Program title: Center for Intracellular Delivery of Biologics

Program focus: To bet
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Contact: Dianne Needham
needham@lsdfa.org
206-732-6776
Life Sciences Discovery Fund
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