Carol L. Council is a senior health and policy researcher in RTI International’s Substance Use Epidemiology and Treatment Services program. An epidemiologist, Ms. Council has extensive experience in substance abuse research and health services research, with more than 30 years of experience in designing and conducting research and evaluation in the areas of community mental health, substance abuse treatment and prevention research. Her experience includes close work with state behavioral health agencies and with provider organizations.
Ms. Council was director of research and planning for the Substance Abuse Services Section of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), where she was co-director of the state’s National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Researcher in Residence Program and North Carolina’s Practice and Research Consortium. She was project director of NC Treatment Outcomes and Program Performance System (NC-TOPPS) and had a key role in developing North Carolina’s performance outcome system. She was the NC director for the Methadone Treatment Quality Assurance Project, which created performance reports for methadone programs in the state.
She is a subject matter expert and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) technical assistance (TA) and training lead for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Performance and Reporting System (SPARS) and is the project director for RTI’s SAMHSA WebBGAS subcontract with FEi. Ms. Council served as a co-investigator on an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) study: Screening, Behavioral Counseling and Pharmacologic Interventions in Primary Care to Reduce Alcohol Misuse. She was the editor of two SAMHSA monographs: “Health services utilization by individuals with substance abuse and mental disorders” and “Substance abuse by older adults: Estimates of future impact on the treatment system.” She also served as the co-lead of a National Analytic Center special study to identify and refine the factors contributing to the quality of treatment in opioid treatment programs. She has authored or coauthored many publications and technical reports and has directed grants and contracts funded from a variety of federal and state agencies.