Ron Jackson has been working as a clinician, administrator, educator, researcher and consultant in the field of addiction treatment since 1972. In 1997 he was named Social Worker of the Year by the Washington State chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. In March, 2000 he was given an award by the Washington State Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse at its annual Public Policy Conference in recognition of his contributions to research in addiction treatment.
Mr. Jackson is the Executive Director of Evergreen Treatment Services (ETS), a private non-profit community based-organization, in Seattle, Washington, that provides outpatient opiate substitution treatment to over 800 patients. Mr. Jackson has been an Investigator on many research projects, which have been conducted at ETS over the past decade. Those studies, funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) and other funding sources, have investigated treatment, motivational enhancement and acupuncture interventions for opiate dependent individuals, cocaine addicts and marijuana dependent individuals. He is currently a Co-Investigator on a Robert Wood Johnson grant which is implementing methadone maintenance in primary care and is the Project Director for a CSAT-funded mobile methadone van service.
Mr. Jackson is an Affiliate Associate Professor at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work where he teaches courses to graduate students in the assessment and treatment of chemical dependencies. He is the Seattle-King County representative to NIDA’s Community Epidemiology Work Group (CEWG) and is responsible for compiling a semi-annual report on the recent trends in illicit drug use in the Seattle area for that group. Since 1995 he has been providing consultation, training and training-of-trainers on the Addiction Severity Index (ASI) to states and agencies across the United States. He has also provided training and technical assistance to agencies and individuals on the delivery of opiate substitution treatment interventions and the use of Motivational Interviewing interventions.