An interdisciplinary team of researchers from Western Michigan University received a $526,000 grant to improve substance use screening and boost intervention and referral services. The grant, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), was awarded to Dr. Tiffany Lee, associate professor in the WMU Specialty Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Dr. Stephen E. Craig, professor of counselor education and counseling psychology, and Denise Bowen, associate professor in the physician assistant department.  The grant activities concluded in September 2018.

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Three initiatives of our SBIRT GRANT:

  • Train both counseling and physician assistant students
    As part of the curriculum in the physician assistant, clinical mental health counseling and counseling psychology graduate programs, more than 100 students will learn substance use screening, brief intervention and referral techniques, take part in a videotaped role play exercise and be followed through their internship or clinical experience and one year after graduation. Students will learn empirically based screening tools and methods of motivational interviewing to more effectively screen and refer patients and clients to services.
  • Community outreach
    Free workshops on substance use screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment—SBIRT—will be provided to hundreds of health care professionals in the community working at a variety of agencies and organizations. The training has already been implemented at the Kalamazoo Department of Human Services, Kalamazoo Community Mental Health, WMU Counseling Center and the Family Health Center. The investigators will present SBIRT to at least 70 participants each year and collect data using pre- and post-tests, as well as a 30-day follow-up survey. The number of participants is expected to increase due to the requests for subsequent training by the participants at the agencies identified above.
  • Online training
    A four-hour online training program will extend SBIRT education to professionals in other communities. This training will provide participants with continuing education credits upon completion of the training, and the program is free to those who submit the pre- and post-test surveys. Lee-Parker hopes to reach some 300 medical and mental health professionals in the first year of the grant cycle.