Austin/Travis County Needs Assessment of Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drug Use
Those engaged in activities to prevent, treat and support the recovery of those in Austin/Travis County who use tobacco, alcohol, opioids and other drugs are asked to complete this survey by June 30, 2019.
Austin/Travis County Needs Assessment of Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drug Use (ATOD)
What is it?
The Sobering Center and Integral Care are co-sponsoring a community needs assessment of all activities in Austin/Travis County that address the use and misuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD). The needs assessment and ensuing system planning will provide a roadmap for understanding what is happening in our community around ATOD, highlighting what is working as well as the gaps in our system for persons at risk of developing or currently suffering from substance use disorders in the Austin/Travis County.
Who is conducting the work?
Woollard Nichols & Associates is contracted with the Sobering Center to conduct the needs assessment.
What community partners are involved?
A steering committee that includes the Sobering Center, Integral Care, Central Health/Community Care Collaborative, Austin Public Health, and Travis County Health & Human Services will guide the work.
What is the project timeline?
The first phase of the needs assessment launched in April 2019 and will run through September 2019. The second phase will proceed in fall 2019, starting with a community convening to share the results of the needs assessment and engage a variety of professional and directly impacted stakeholders.
How will the work be conducted?
The assessment will use a community-based participatory research approach, which builds on the strengths and resources within the community. The first phase of the project will have a heavy emphasis on data collection. We will ask people engaged in activities to prevent, treat and support the recovery of those in Austin/Travis County who use tobacco, alcohol, opioids and other drugs to complete an online survey. Activities is a broad term that includes services, supports, and research that aim to alleviate or eradicate problematic substance use. The results of this survey will form the basis of the initial report and will allow us to analyze assets, gaps, and needs in our community.
By the end of September, we will have an inventory of local resources toprevent, treat and support the recovery of people who use and misuse alcohol, tobacco and other drugs; an understanding of local collaborative efforts to address these issues; and a more comprehensive understanding of the research and data collection tools that can help us monitor these issues. Once this data is collected, we will share the information in an ongoing effort to build and strengthen the response system in our community.
How can I participate?
If you are engaged in activities to prevent, treat and support the recovery of those in Austin/Travis County who use tobacco, alcohol, opioids and other drugs, we encourage you to respond to our online survey during our data collection period of May 24th to July 15th.
Why is it important to participate?
In the end, the strength of our community assessment will be only as strong as the information we get from the people in our community who really and understand this issue.