Suncoast Practice and Research Collaborative (SPARC)

About the Project

The Suncoast Practice and Research Collaborative (SPARC)/Tampa Practice Improvement Collaborative (PIC) was funded for five years through a $1.3 million grant received from SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. The SPARC/Tampa PIC was one of 14 projects funded across the country, and was designed to help bridge the gap between practice, research, and policy/administration constituents in the substance abuse treatment area. Community partnerships were forged with the three largest public substance abuse treatment providers in the Tampa Bay area (ACTS, DACCO, Operation PAR) and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office to help identify effective approaches for implementing evidence-based practices related to gender-sensitive treatment and treatment of co-occurring disorders. The Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (FADAA) and Orlando’s Center for Drug-Free Living (CFDFL) also participated in major project activities. Project outcomes included creation of the Florida Research to Practice Consortium, a statewide forum for research and practice issues; sponsorship of a Core Network Group (CNG) of community constituents; and development of an evidence-based curriculum for treatment of co-occurring disorders for use in substance abuse treatment programs.

Download SPARC COD Treatment Manual

Download SPARC COD Treatment Workbook for Clients

Principal Investigator

Roger H. Peters, PhD


Holly Hills, PhD

Funding Agency

Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)

Award Amount



09/29/2002 - 09/30/2004