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Consolidated Knowledge Development and Application (KD&A) Program

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Purpose of this program:

To provide immediately usable knowledge to improve substance abuse and mental health services in crucial selected areas. SAMHSA's Knowledge Development and Application (KDA) program is aimed at answering important, practical questions and effectively transferring answers to those who need the information. The questions to be answered are not decided by the agency in isolation, but arise from consumers and their families, providers, State officials, constituency organizations, national advisory councils, services researchers, the Congress, HHS, and for substance abuse, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). The program emphasizes knowledge development and application, making sure that this knowledge is relevant and timely. KDA activities are undertaken in actual service settings rather than in artificially created and controlled settings. SAMHSA's KDA program is driven by the needs of the users/providers/systems administrators. SAMHSA announces specific KDA topics annually in the Federal Register. Dissemination of results through multiple channels, including the latest available technology, to inform service providers is an integral part of the KDA program.