University of Michigan Lab Awarded $13.2 Million from NIDA

University of Michigan

Plus: Acadia CEO Debbie Osteen steps down, and a webinar on trauma interventions

By Darya Daneshmand

New & Next: Industry

Michigan to Research SUD with New Funding

As the recipient of the P50 Center of Excellence award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the University of Michigan’s Data Science for Dynamic Intervention Decision-Making Lab (d3lab), located at the Institute for Social Research’s Survey Research Center, will advance its intervention and experimental designs to combat substance use disorder (SUD). The $13.2 million awarded to d3lab will fund three research projects and two cores that constitute the new Center for Methodologies for Adapting and Personalizing Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Services for Substance Use Disorder and HIV (MAPS Center).

The MAPS research projects aim to advance care by several means:

  1. New methods for accelerated implementation of evidence-based services in at-risk communities.
  2. Integrated human and digital care for prevention and treatment.
  3. Use of smart devices and AI algorithms for immediate intervention.

The center’s Dissemination and Training Core will provide training and user-friendly software that allows scientists to design trials and run their own data analyses, while the Center Pilot Projects Program will center on creating employment opportunities in the field.

Acadia CEO to Retire

Acadia Healthcare
Osteen has been key to Acadia’s growth.

Acadia Healthcare CEO Debbie Osteen recently announced her plans to retire from the behavioral healthcare company on Jan. 31 of next year. Osteen has overseen immense growth during her leadership, including the acquisition of 14 facilities, the creation of several joint ventures with other institutions, and a 125% increase in company stock. Acadia, now operating 100,000 beds at 229 facilities, will select and transition to a new CEO with Osteen’s assistance.

Acadia board chairman Reeve Waud applauds Osteen’s leadership during a critical period of progress, and says the company is “well-positioned for future growth.”

New & Next: Webinars

Trauma Interventions

The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s webinar “Effective Brief Trauma Interventions for Women, Men, and Gender-Diverse People” will take place on Oct. 20 from 2 to 3 p.m. EST. The event will introduce two trauma-informed and gender-responsive interventions after covering key elements of trauma such as responses and coping skills, along with how to teach them. Register here.

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