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IU Bloomington to Enhance Alcohol and Drug Screening as Preventive Care

A successful initiative designed to retool how patients and health care providers discuss alcohol and drug use is being expanded through funding awards and technical assistance provided by the Indiana Prevention Resource Center at the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington.

Several hundred community health centers across Indiana can apply for the funding and assistance to implement drug and alcohol screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment — referred to as SBIRT — which is seeing initial success in community health centers run by Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis and in several others centers across the state.

The initiative began in 2011 when an Indiana Prevention Resource Center-led coalition received an $8.3 million federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The center is now ramping up availability of the services by awarding $360,000 in seed funding to up to nine community health centers.

Read more: http://news.indiana.edu/releases/iu/2014/06/SBIRT-preventive-care.shtml