Category Archives: Substance Abuse

Free Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) App

The SBIRT App for Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment for substance use provides users with detailed steps to complete an SBIRT intervention with patients or clients. The app is designed for use by physicians, other health workers, and mental health professionals and can be used with patients and clients 12 years and older.

Get the free app HERE.

SBIRT Issue Brief

National Behavioral Health Barometer

SAMHSA has released a new report providing data about key behavioral health issues including rates of serious mental illness and substance use, and the percentages of those who seek treatment for these disorders. The report shows the data at a national level as well as for each of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia.

For instance, the Barometer shows more people are getting the help they need in some crucial areas. The number of people receiving treatment for a substance use problem has increased six percent from 2009 to 2013.

You can find the report HERE.

Conrad Hilton Foundation Grants $1.35m to Evaluate PEI

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has granted $1.35 million over a period of three years to Legal Action Center (LAC), with Treatment Research Institute (TRI) and Truven Health Analytics (Truven Health), to help them evaluate the range and implementation of adolescent prevention and early intervention services.

They will focus on the following objectives during the project:

  • document and analyze the status of ACA and Parity implementation
  • focusing on insurance coverage
  • evaluate how screening and brief intervention providers offer services
  • inform and educate purchasers, payers, and other stakeholders of the services mandated by law
  • ensure that providers understand federal confidentiality rules

Read the press release HERE.

Restorative Justice: Unsung Ally in the Prevention of Adolescent Alcohol and Other Drug Use

The prevention field in general –prevention of juvenile delinquency, teen pregnancy, school dropout or alcohol and other drug use – is moving from a focus on the pathology and deficits of an at-risk person toward a focus on resiliency.

In an article posted on, author Kathryn Wosser Page, PhD, discusses an approach that may hold great promise for creating the conditions for resiliency, the practices of restorative justice (RJ). These practices reverse the disconnection and dangerous pleasure-seeking that characterize much of our culture today.

To read the article, go to

Early Interventions Can Decrease Drug Use in Young Women

A NIDA-funded study shows that adolescent girls who were involved in the juvenile justice system and participated in Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care (MTFC) showed decreased drug use over a two-year period in young adulthood. MTFC is a family-focused prevention program to encourage healthy behaviors in at-risk teens within the foster care system.

The results also show that participation in MTFC reduced the influence of partner drug use which was significantly associated with the young women’s concurrent drug use.

To read the National Institute on Drug Abuse article with links, go to

National Drug Fact Week 2014

Coordinated by NIDA, National Drug Facts Week encourages and stimulates community-based events where teens ask questions of addiction scientists or health experts. Events can be sponsored by a variety of organizations, including schools, community groups, sports clubs, and hospitals. Topics for discussion include the science behind illicit drug use, prescription drug abuse, and use of alcohol and tobacco. Event holders who register will receive free booklets with science-based facts about drugs, designed specifically for teens.