Sara Calvin is a public health researcher who has been at RTI since 2004. Her recent focus has been on the opioid epidemic, which complements a long-time interest in mental health and substance use. Ms. Calvin currently serves as the Project Director for the Opioid Response Network (ORN), as a subcontractor to the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry. This project is SAMHSA’s largest funded training and technical assistance contract to apply evidence-based practices in prevention, treatment, and recovery to meet needs identified by local health care providers and agencies. RTI’s role on ORN is to provide analysis and reporting of TA Request data, as well as to measure and analyze the impact ORN has made on communities in the United States.
Ms. Calvin also serves as the Associate Project Director for Behavioral Health on SAMHSA’s Performance Accountability and Performance System (SPARS). This is SAMHSA’s online platform for the management of substance use and mental health prevention, treatment, and recovery grantee data. On SPARS, Ms. Calvin provides project-wide vision and direction to the Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) team and the Analysis and Reporting team. The TTA team provides large-scale live and recorded trainings, learning communities, and customized TA to grantees to improve their service delivery. The Analysis and Reporting team responds to long- and short-term data turnaround requests from SAMHSA, assisting with Reporting to Congress, and other reporting.