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The SBIRT Alert- 5/20/2014

An occasional email update from the National SBIRT ATTC .

Upcoming Webinars

June 11, 2014
2:00 – 3:30 PM EDT
Applying SBIRT to Depression, Prescription Medication Abuse, Tobacco Use, Trauma, and Other Client Concerns
Richard Brown, MD, MPH
Why might you consider implementing systematic behavioral screening and intervention (BSI) in your healthcare setting? The Wisconsin Initiative to Promote Healthy Lifestyles and its spin-off, Wellsys, LLC, have helped dozens of clinics implement BSI. Now, with CDC funding, BSI is expanding to improve outcomes for diabetes, hypertension and lipid disorders. Register

June 25, 2014

1:00 – 2:30 PM EDT
SBIRT as Part of Project Care: Integrating Behavioral Healthcare Services in Kern County, CA
Lily Alvarez; Christopher Reilly, LMFT, & Darren Urada, PhD 
Participants will learn steps to assimilate behavioral health services into an integrated primary care model such that behavioral health is embraced and requested, rather than feared and shunned. Project Care evaluation data and information about how to measure integration in other organizations will also be discussed. Register

Tools for Practice


Substance Use Education for Nurses curriculum
Created by IRETA and the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, this curriculum has been used to successfully train over 500 undergraduate student nurses. It is available free of charge in hopes that it will be widely utilized in the training and education of student and professional nurses, along with others in healthcare fields. Read more


Motivational Interviewing Module for CMEs
PCSS-MAT has posted a self-paced educational module for physicians about the fundamentals of MI. Read more
Behavioral health video library for educators and practitioners
Training and education about behavioral health can be dramatically improved when integrated with video and other media. There are vast numbers of videos available today on behavioral health topics. Thus, the Central East ATTC has used its expertise to curate some of the better behavioral health videos online and organized them clearly. Great resource; bookmark it. Read more


Of Interest

Implementation publication focuses on SBIRT
The Bridge, a semi-annual e-publication from the ATTC Network, recently devoted an entire issue to SBIRT implementation. Contributing authors are seasoned members of a nice range of health and human service fields. The whole issue is highly recommended. Read more
PlusTune in to The Bridge Video Talk Show TODAY to hear the researchers discuss the topic live! Register
Commentary: Let’s be sensitive to the messages we hear about pills  
Distributing candy pills at a behavioral health conference was a marketing faux pas. We can use it to spark change that will save livesRead more
We can’t ignore the social aspects of substance use, addiction and treatment 
Neuroscientist Carl Hart is a controversial figure. His research and social commentary has challenged the idea of drugs as addictive agents and drug policies that restrict access to them.  Whatever you think about the idea of “the rational choice of crack addicts,” it’s hard to argue with Hart’s insistence that the social aspects of substance use deserve more attention. Read more

NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) NIDAMED Physician’s Outreach Initiative


This website contains a variety of resources. Click on “NIDA Screening Tools and Resources” to learn about the NIDA-Modified Alcohol, Smoking, and Substance Involvement Screening Test or NMASSIST. The target audience for this curriculum is clinicians in general medical settings (mainly primary care). The modified ASSIST includes an initial pre-screen which determines if a person has engaged in binge drinking, used tobacco products, and used illicit drugs. Only people who report illicit drug use complete the ASSIST. Physicians are directed to other protocols for heavy drinkers and tobacco users.

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