Journal of Substance Abuse TreatmentDennis Watson, PhD, Associate Director for Community Engagement, proposed and guest edited a special issue of the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, “Innovative Interventions and Approaches to Expand Medication Assisted Treatment: Seizing Research Opportunities Made Available by the Opioid State Targeted Response Program.”

Published in January 2020, this special issue comprises papers reflecting medication-assisted treatment (MAT)-related research made possible through the 21st Century Cures Act-authorized State Targeted Response (STR) grant mechanism. Work related to both STR evaluation and original research conducted within the context of STR activities are included in the issue, with topics including community assessments of MAT-related needs, MAT access and linkage, criminal justice-oriented MAT implementation, and adjunctive MAT supports and treatments.