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The SBIRT Alert- 4/8/2014


An occasional email update from the National SBIRT ATTC .

Highlights from this alert:

Upcoming Events


Today!  April 8, 2014
3:00 – 4:00 PM Eastern
BIG Initiative Quarterly Meeting
The Brief Intervention Group is open to anyone interested in SBIRT.  Join the call to hear about SBIRT activities around the country. Register


Tools for Practice
WHO Guidelines: Substance Use and Pregnancy
The World Health Oorganization has released long-awaited guidelines for the identification and management of substance use and substance use disorders in pregnancy.  The Executive Summary lists 18 recommendations that include screening, pharmacotherapy, detox, breastfeeding, and neonatal withdrawal, among topics.  Worth a look for any health professional who works with pregnant/postnatal women and their infants. Read more
Benzodiazepines & Medication-Assisted Treatment
IRETA has developed a handout/infographic to help MAT patients understand immediate and long-term effects of benzodiazepines, as well as and the relationship between benzo use and recovery. Free to download.  Read more
Newly Revised SBIRT Curriculum
As the National SBIRT ATTC, IRETA recently completed an update of a national curriculum originally developed by the Pacific Southwest ATTC.  Free to download.  Read more
MoreVeteran SBIRT trainer Jim Aiello offers a quick tour of the new curriculum in a 5-minute video, one of our SBIRT Digital Tools.  View
Of Interest 

National Council will Support SBIRT and MI for Youth in up to 30 Behavioral Health Organizations
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has awarded the National Council a $1.3 grant to implement SBIRT in community organizations that have contact with youth at most risk for substance use disorders.  A competitive application process is set to begin this spring.  Read more
AMERSA Conference – Call for Abstracts & Workshops
The 38th annual Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA) conference will be held November 6-8 in San Francisco.  The deadline to submit abstracts and workshops is May 31.Read more

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Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia (DASSA)


The website includes links to self-training manuals on the Alcohol, Smoking, and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST) and ASSIST-linked brief intervention. The curriculum includes all required forms for administration of the ASSIST, 2 written role plays for adult patients, and video demonstrations of the screening and brief intervention using the ASSIST. The target audience for this curriculum is primary healthcare workers, but may be useful for hospital physicians and nurses, midwives and obstetricians, social workers, prison workers and community correction workers. This training curriculum has online and print-based materials that can be used for self-study and group instruction.

Yale School of Medicine — SBIRT: Screening Brief Intervention & Referral to Treatment


The target audience for this curriculum is medical professionals working in emergency departments. The website includes instructional videos on SBIRT (6 modules) and 6 written case studies for performing role plays between physician and patient. The role plays present actual emergency department scenarios. The brief intervention is the Brief Negotiated Interview for alcohol abuse. The website provides links to a variety of alcohol and drug screening instruments, including the NIAAA 3-questions, CAGE, CRAFFT, AUDIT, and NIDAMED-modified ASSIST. This training curriculum has online and print-based materials that can be used for self-study and group instruction.

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