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Resources and Environment

Research Sponsors

Numerous sponsoring and collaborating institutions make the research at UMARC possible. Research is funded primarily by NIH grants from NIAAA and NIDA, and to a small degree by private foundations and internal university grants. The Department of Psychiatry sustains the infrastructure of the Center as a vital part of the Program’s operations. This includes provision of space and an administrative and grants management staff. To give some sense of the size of the footprint, substance abuse funding managed by UMARC, is almost 9 million dollars annually, and around 45% of the Department’s total federal research budget.

Clinical Support Structure and Resources

University of Michigan Addiction Treatment Services (UMATS), the clinical branch of the Section, provides clinical care, professional training, and conducts research in the area of substance abuse. It operates within the Department of Psychiatry's Ambulatory Care program. Its Executive Director is Kirk J. Brower, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry. The main facility for UMATS is located at the University of Michigan Depression Center in the Rachel Upjohn Building. UMATS facilities provide a balance of treatment modalities, levels of care, and case mix. Treatment services include Intake and Assessment, a Day Treatment Program for adults (including outpatient detoxification services), an Evening Intensive Outpatient Program for adults, and specialized programming for adolescents (who constitute about 20 percent of patient volume). Regular outpatient services, including individual, group, and family therapies are available for both adolescents and adults.

In addition to these services, while not under the Section's administrative umbrella, faculty at the Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs Medical Center have close ties to Section operations. They participate equally in the training of psychiatry residents in substance abuse, provide substance abuse clinical services to VA patients, serve as one of the Program's research resources for recruitment of patients with a substance abuse diagnosis, and their staff contribute to the ongoing educational activities of the Section and the Department.

Research Space

The Addiction Research Center occupies 5,220 square feet of research space in the Department of Psychiatry's Rachel Upjohn Depression and Ambulatory Care Center. The Rachel Upjohn Depression and Ambulatory Center's focus is to address unmet research and public policy needs for the study of the depressive illnesses, bipolar disorder, and related co-occuring syndromes, especially substance use disorders that lead the nation in economic costs and disability ratings.

The research offices are a ten-minute drive to the U-M Medical Center. UMARC has office, meeting, library, archival, data collection, and computational space. Rachel Upjohn Depression and Ambulatory Care Center also has a number of conference rooms where scientific staff meetings take place as well as interview/data collection offices. The building is also the location of many of the Center's developmental projects. A sophisticated computer system allows efficient communication and data transfer to other investigators not located at this facility.

The Program also maintains two other research sites, one at the UM-MSU Family Study site in East Lansing and the other at Flint-Northbank. The East Lansing site is located in the Hannah Technology and Research Center, an office facility adjacent to the MSU campus, and approximately 60 miles from the Rachel Upjohn Building. This specially designed facility containing 10 offices and 5 carrels, houses the Michigan Longitudinal Study data collection/assessment activity and is the base for 25 full and part-time research staff. The second satellite is the Flint-Northbank site. This occupies 3,600 square feet of office space, in the Northbank Center, an office facility near the UM-Flint Health Science campus, and approximately 65 miles from the Ann Arbor location. The site houses 7 offices for four brief screening and intervention projects. Recruitment, Assessment and Follow-up staff carry out these activities at the site.