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The Washington Circle (WC) is a group of national experts in substance abuse policy, research and performance management who seek to improve the quality and effectiveness of prevention and treatment services through the use of performance measurement systems.  Convened and supported by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment since 1998, and joined by the National Institute of Drug Abuse in 2006, the WC has two major goals:

  • Develop and pilot test a core set of performance measures for substance abuse treatment and prevention for use in publicly-funded and commercially-insured systems of care.
  • Collaborate with a broad range of stakeholders to ensure widespread adoption of substance abuse performance measures by private employers, public payers and accrediting organizations.
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