Ric Kruszynski, MSSA ('93), LISW, LICDC, is director of consulting and training for Substance Abuse and Mental Illness (SAMI) initiatives at the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at Case Western Reserve University and its Ohio SAMI Coordinating Center of Excellence, which disseminates several service strategies and models, including the following:
- Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT)
- Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)
- Motivational Interviewing (MI)
- Dual Diagnosis Capability in Addiction Treatment (DDCAT)
- Dual Diagnosis Capability in Mental Health Treatment (DDCMHT)
- Tobacco Recovery Across the Continuum (TRAC)
In his role with the Center, Mr. Kruszynski leads a team of consultants and trainers and provides technical assistance (program consultation, clinical consultation, and training) to the Ohio Department of Mental Health, Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, the state's county boards of mental-health and substance-abuse services, and numerous community-based service organizations. Mr. Kruszynski has also been the lead consultant and trainer in the State of Ohio's dissemination of IDDT as part of the National Implementing Evidence-Based Practices Project, sponsored by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In addition, he has been providing consultation and training nationally to SAMHSA and to policymakers and community programs in many other states and internationally as well, with programs in the Netherlands, England, Australia and Norway.
As a licensed social worker and licensed chemical-dependency counselor, Mr. Kruszynski brings insight from his experiences in multiple systems of care to his work as a consultant and trainer, including knowledge of the facilitators of and barriers to the integration of services. Over the past 30 years, Mr. Kruszynski has developed an expertise in clinical practice, supervision, and program management on the topic of co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders as well as an expertise in technology transfer—the translation of research knowledge into policy and practice. He has been training in the areas of substance-abuse prevention, assessment, and treatment since 1986 and is currently an adjunct instructor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. He is a 1993 graduate of the Mandel School.
In 2004, Mr. Kruszynski contributed to "Building Bridges," a SAMHSA/CMHS publication on dual disorders, and in 2009, he contributed to another SAMHSA publication, titled "Integrated Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders: The Evidence." In 2014, he began assisting SAMHSA with revisions to the Integrated Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders Toolkit as a content expert. Mr. Kruszynski has co-authored journal articles and several book chapters, including one about Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment in Evidence-Based Mental Health Practice: A Textbook, a popular book that focuses on multiple evidence-based practices which was edited by Robert Drake, MD, and colleagues from the New Hampshire-Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center. In addition, he has also authored and co-authored many training and technical-assistance modules and manuals, including "Implementing IDDT: A Step-By-Step Guide to Stages of Organizational Change," published by the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at Case Western Reserve (click here).
Mr. Kruszynski's work with integrated treatment was featured in the cover story of the November/December 2008 issue of Social Work Today