189765 Introduction to and overview of SAMHSA and CSAT's Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment initiative

Wednesday, October 29, 2008: 8:30 AM

Jack B. Stein, LCSW, PhD , Division of Services Improvement, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Rockville, MD
The SBIRT program represents a major advance in the basic philosophy of addressing substance use issues and the role of the treatment system. Because research has shown that Brief Intervention and Brief Treatment are effective across the spectrum of alcohol and drug problems, health workers and policy makers have increasingly focused on them to fill the gap between primary prevention efforts and more intensive treatment for persons with serious substance use disorders. Like other practices developed in tightly controlled research settings, it is important to understand how SBIRT will work best in various settings and under different approaches. It is also important to examine which models of SBIRT offer the greatest potential to improve the U.S. treatment system.

This presentation will discuss SAMHSA and CSAT's programmatic efforts to implement SBIRT at the Federal level including grantees' characteristics (i.e. different health care settings and populations served) and Federal activities on SBIRT in terms of program, funding, and future steps. CSAT provides grants leadership and technical assistance to support them throughout the challenges of implementing a large-scale initiative. By providing such guidance, CSAT has learned many lessons for SBIRT as a screening and treatment initiative as well as practical lessons for operating a nationwide grant program.

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatmentís initiative for Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment. Identify characteristics of SBIRT grantees which expand knowledge about SBIRT services from the clinical trail stage to implementation in a medical setting. Articulate the Federal activities on SBIRT in terms of program, funding, future steps, and policy implications.

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