||Moore,D., McAweeney, M.,Lazowski, L., Heinemann, A. (2008) Dissemination of a mixed-utilization model for promoting substance use disorder screening in vocational rehabilitation. Research Utilization Support and Help (RUSH) Project, 1-21.
The project reported in this document was supported by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) though a funding mechanism of the Research Utilization Support and Help (RUSH) Project known as Research Utilization Awards or “RUAs”. It constitutes an extension of a previous NIDRR-funded research project by extending implementation of the SAVR-S to VR programs in Kentucky, Utah and Virginia. The initial project involved training VR counselors in Illinois, Ohio and West Virginia. This final report encompasses the entire funding period of the RUA. The activities, as listed in the Memoranda of Agreement (MOA), include training, management meetings, screening of consumers (utilization reports), data management activities, and presentation and dissemination activities. In addition, this report includes question and answer (Q&A) pamphlets that were created for and distributed to VR counselors, and the results of a survey completed by counselors with respect to their experiences using the SAVR-S.
Specific goals of this RUA:
- Develop a trainer of trainer system utilizing consultants with VR backgrounds in order to increase training capacity and further disseminate SUD screening practices in other VR systems.
- Increase media representation of VR staff and consumer attitudes, beliefs, and practices in the training materials.
- At the suggestion of the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR), double the number of VR state systems currently employing systematized SUD screening for all applicants (from three to six states), thereby increasing the sample of state VR systems in the evaluation while also increasing knowledge transfer.
- Expand the evaluation measures of the training impact on VR counselor knowledge, attitudes, and behavior, as well as further examine the impact of a statewide SUD screening policy on VR systems.