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SAMHSA News - March/April 2008, Volume 16, Number 2

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The approach to SAMHSA’s Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Initiative is simple.

Screening. With just a few questions on a questionnaire or in an interview, practitioners can identify patients who have alcohol or substance use problems and determine how severe those problems already are.

Brief Intervention. If screening results indicate moderate risk, individuals receive brief interventions. The intervention educates them about their substance use, alerts them to possible consequences, and motivates them to change their behavior.

Brief Treatment. If individuals are at moderate to high risk, the next step is brief treatment. Similar to brief intervention, this emphasizes motivations to change and client empowerment.

Referral to Treatment. For those whose screening indicates a severe problem or dependence, the next step is referral to substance abuse treatment.

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Inside This Issue
Screening Works: Update from the Field
SBIRT Funding Opportunity
SBIRT Resources

Screening in Action
Alaska’s SBIRT Program
SBIRT on a College Campus
SBIRT Grantees List

Administrator’s Message

Funding Opportunities

President’s Budget Focuses on Priority Initiatives

Making Workplaces Drug-Free: Toolkit Available

Teens and Drug Use
Stimulant Use and Delinquent Behavior
Inhalants Used Most by Young Teens

State-by-State Report

Treatment Admissions Data Released

Rural Issues: The Substance Use Myth

Katrina, Rita: Hurricane Impact

Guest Speaker: Psychiatric Service Dogs Help

Community Prevention Day


SAMHSA News - March/April 2008, Volume 16, Number 2