About

Mission
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To improve the quality of care, and treatment outcomes for persons suffering with addiction, mental health, and co-occurring disorders.

We believe all individuals, their families and significant others suffering with these disorders have the right to receive evidence based treatment, and know before entering treatment what a service provider’s outcomes have been.

Our goal is improve individual and organizational performance regarding the assessment and treatment of persons with substance abuse, mental health and co-occurring disorders.

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What We Do
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Provide customized, evidenced based, blended learning solutions, technical assistance, consultation and professional support services designed to assist behavioral health care, criminal justice and faith based organizations successfully implement and maintain the use of evidence based assessment and treatment practices, interventions and innovations designed to improve individual and organizational performance regarding the assessment and treatment of persons with substance abuse, mental health and co-occurring disorders.

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History
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Since 1993, Thomas H. Coyne Ed.D., LCSW, and colleagues has been involved in the development, dissemination, and implementation of evidence based assessment and treatment practices (e.g., NIDA Technology Transfer Packages, NIDA Technology Transfer Videos, Recovery Training and Self Help (RTSH), Cue Extinction, Contingency Management, Addiction Severity Index, SAMHSA TIPS & TAPs, Stages of Change, HIV Risk and Reduction Practices, Buprenorphine, and the ASAM criteria. Their services are designed to improve individual and organizational performance regarding the treatment of persons with substance abuse, mental health, HIV, and co-occurring disorders.

 

Dr. Coyne and his colleagues are among the most experienced and effective adult educators in the country regarding the correct administration and application of the Addiction Severity Index ASI, the Comprehensive Adolescent Severity Inventory (CASI), the American Society of Addiction Medicine Criteria, the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s (NIDA) Technology Transfer Package (TTP) on Relapse Prevention e.g., Recovery training and Self Help, and Cue Extinction, and many other topics.

 

Dr. A.Thomas McLellan, developer of the ASI considers Dr. Coyne to be the “Best Trainer in the country on the administration and application of the ASI”. Dr. Coyne was also part of the original training team approved by NIDA to disseminate the NIDA Technology Transfer Package on Relapse Prevention – and the only member of that team who continues to disseminate the NIDA package and provide training on the two proven and effective relapse prevention approaches.

Thomas H. Coyne, Ed.D., LCSW-R

Dr. Coyne is a nationally recognized adult educator providing training and technical assistance and consultation services regarding the assessment, treatment, and outcomes monitoring of persons with substance use, and co-occurring disorders. His services have been utilized in over 40 states, and three countries. Several of which he has worked with on the development and implementation of web based performance improvement and outcomes monitoring systems.

He is one of the most, if not the most experienced and effective adult educator in the country regarding the correct administration and application of the Addiction Severity Index (ASI). Dr. A. Thomas McLellan developer of the ASI considers him “The Best Trainer in the Country on the ASI”. While he is most notably recognized for his work regarding the clinical, program evaluation and research uses of standardized assessment tools e.g., ASI, and the American Society of Addiction Medicines (ASAM) Criteria, he also has substantial experience in the design, delivery and evaluation of training, technical assistance and technology transfer on a variety of topic areas and projects in the Behavioral Health Care field.

Dr. Coyne was part of the original training team approved by NIDA to train on NIDA’s Proven and effective Relapse Prevention Approaches, and the only member of the team who has continued to provide training on these approaches at home and abroad.

He received his doctorate from Columbia University, where he examined the “Learning Transfer Systems” of Community Based Treatment Programs. He continues to examine the systemic factors (trainee, training design, and work environment characteristics) that influence learning, learning transfer, innovation adaptation, and treatment outcomes in community based organizations (CBO’s). He has long been an advocate of the use of evidenced based adult learning practices to implement evidenced based treatment practices, and turning treatment agencies into learning organizations.

He has worked with numerous governmental entities on county, state, national, and international levels. His expertise and services have been used on numerous contracts and grants held with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), Center on Alcohol and Substance Abuse (CASA), Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Foundation, Office of National Drug Control and Policy (ONDCP), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), National Drug Court Institute (NDCI), and the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP).

Dr, Kathy Meyers, Ph.D.

Dr. Kathleen Meyers has dedicated her career to clinical research in adolescent substance use disorders (SUD), and is a recognized leader in the assessment and treatment of adolescent SUD, delinquency, and co-morbidity.  She is the author of the Comprehensive Adolescent Severity Inventory (CASI), a multidimensional assessment instrument for youth with substance use and mental health disorders used throughout the United States, Canada and abroad.  It is used clinically in school systems, drug treatment programs, mental health programs, and juvenile courts, and is a mandated assessment tool in various states.  The CASI was recently chosen to be the lead instrument in the Common Assessment Battery for adolescent-funded studies of the National Institute of Drug Abuse’s Clinical Trials Network and the National Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Treatment Research Studies (CJ-DATS) Network. 

In 2004, Dr. Meyers received the Research Award of Excellence from the Caron Foundation.  Dr. Meyers has a long-standing record of obtaining some of the best follow-up rates in the country exceeding 92% among adolescents in her research studies.  She has served on numerous advisory panels, and peer review, institutional review, and editorial review boards.  Her research has been funded through the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) and The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).  She has consulted with a variety of State Drug and Alcohol Systems in their development of statewide assessment and outcome systems.

Dr. Meyers currently serves as a Senior Research Scientist at the Treatment Research Institute in Philadelphia, is the former Director of Research at the Urban Affairs Coalition in Philadelphia, and the former Vice President of Research at Philadelphia Safe and Sound.  She was also an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Based upon her work adolescents are now able to be properly assessed and appropriately treated, providing them with the opportunity to lead full, healthy lives.

Evidence Based – Proven Effective – Designed For Transfer