MI-SPARC was developed through a partnership between Altarum and Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to support practices in adopting an evidence-based approach to alcohol-related care. Provider practices who participated received two hours of training covering screening, brief intervention, and engaging patients in shared decision-making regarding their treatment, including participating in counseling or taking medications that treat alcohol use disorder. In addition, each practice received six months of practice facilitation to aid in workflow and data collection assistance.
As a product of this program, a toolkit was developed to help other providers wishing to implement alcohol-related care. While the MI-SPARC initiative ended in September 2023, Altarum and AHRQ continue to offer the toolkit to clinicians and support teams who may benefit from its tools and resources at https://michigansparc.org.