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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
November/December 2009, Volume 17, Number 6 

At the APHA Conference

At the recent American Public Health Association (APHA) conference in Philadelphia, SAMHSA experts discussed the Agency’s Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) program’s evaluation results.

The SBIRT program represents a major advance in the approach to addressing substance use issues and the role of specialty and healthcare treatment systems. It is important to examine which models of SBIRT may offer the greatest potential to improve the U.S. addiction treatment and heath care systems. To this end, CSAT funded a Cross-Site Evaluation to conduct a multisite evaluation of the effects of SBIRT as implemented in six states and one tribal organization.

SAMHSA’s Jack Stein discusses SBIRT at the APHA conference

SAMHSA’s Jack Stein (left), discusses the SBIRT evaluation report with panelists. Mr. Stein served as moderator.

The SBIRT cross-site infrastructure supports three interrelated evaluation efforts: process, impact/outcome, and economic. The process evaluation serves the critical role of establishing the overall evaluation’s context and consequently aids in the interpretation of its findings; it also describes the content of grantees’ interventions and their underlying logic models along with their sustainability.

The outcome evaluation provides information on what impact the SBIRT interventions have had on the patients, health care practitioners, and grantees and intermediary organizations involved. It also provides evidence on how specific practitioner and programmatic characteristics relate to effectiveness at the patient and community levels.

Read more about the APHA presentation.



  News & Updates  
Pamela S. Hyde Sworn in as New Administrator

Pamela S. Hyde Sworn in as New Administrator

Read more, view Webcast, and see photos.

Parity Law: Lessons Learned from California

Parity Law: Lessons Learned from California

Study may help to highlight the need for public education about the Federal parity law.

Voice Awards Honor Consumer Leaders

Voice Awards Honor Consumer Leaders

Entertainment industry and consumer leaders honored in Hollywood. Photo gallery.


  Publications  
TIP 52:  Treatment Guide to Clinical Supervision

TIP 52: Treatment Guide to Clinical Supervision

Improving counselors’ skills takes coaching and mentoring.

Guidelines: Responding to Mental Health Crises

Report offers principles for safe interventions.

Substance-Exposed Infants: How States Help

Substance-Exposed Infants: How States Help

Cross-agency, unified approach is recommended.


  Grants  
Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

Call for applications include Peer-to-Peer Recovery program.

Tribal Grants Awarded

In Montana, a tribal group recently accepted a “big check.”


  Homelessness  
New Research Available on Parenting

New Research on Parenting

SAMHSA staff recently guest-edited 11 articles that focus on parenting.

Web Site Update on Co-Occurring Disorders

Web Site Update on Co-Occurring Disorders

New, interactive Web site features a library of tools.


  Adolescents & Substance Use  
“Influencers” Prevent Prescription Drug Misuse

“Influencers” Prevent Prescription Drug Misuse

Online toolkit helps family, teachers, and doctors keep teens from abusing prescription drugs.

Youth Tobacco Trends Show Decline

Youth Tobacco Trends Show Decline

Fewer youth are using tobacco products.

Perceptions of Risk from Substance Use

Perceptions of Risk from Substance Use

Age relates to teens’ perception of the danger of substance use.


  Suicide Awareness  
Suicide Prevention Update

Suicide Prevention Update

Lifeline’s Twitter, Facebook numbers rise.


  Prevention Update  
Native American Center for Excellence

Native American Center for Excellence

Recent event included a hoop dancing demonstration.



  Also in this Issue  
Gender Differences in Adolescents

Gender Differences in Adolescents

State reports on behavioral health problems presented by gender.

New Wallet Cards for 1-800-662-HELP

New Wallet Cards for 1-800-662-HELP

Order free wallet cards in English and en español.



  


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