The Mission of SARA shall be to build a dynamic network of experienced academic and professional researchers and practitioners who share common goals of examining the causes, effects and outcomes of substance abuse among Georgians of all ages; and to explore, share and help implement creative methods of preventing substance abuse and its devastating impacts on individuals, families, communities and the state of Georgia with the hope and expectation that the outcomes of their work will also produce beneficial results beyond Georgia and the Southeastern United States. SARA will also ensure that historically underserved communities and populations are represented adequately in public policy, data collection, research proposals and drug abuse prevention and treatment programs.
SARA envisions a future where private and public institutions effectively plan, implement, administer and evaluate substance abuse policies and programs that educate and improve the lives of citizens - across all ages, ethnicities, and economic circumstances.
SARA will achieve its Mission and Vision through:
- Research, planning, sharing and coordination between SARA participants, academic institutions, and governmental entities.
- Defining data requirements that help researchers and institutions to measure needs and outcomes.
- Improving access to data sources through communities and institutions.
- Improving research tools and methods.
- Collaborating to secure grants from both government and private funders.
- Finding ways to apply research through programs.
- Defining how to measure programmatic outcomes.
- Outlining the role of the community in defining goals and accomplishing outcomes.