• HCPF Award to Train Medicaid Providers to Prevent Substance Use

    Feb 27

    Peer Assistance Services, Inc. is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) to provide no-cost training and technical assistance for Colorado Medicaid providers on screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT). SBIRT is an effective preventive health service to identify, reduce and prevent problematic […]

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  • September is National Recovery Month

    Sep 08
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    Every September, our partner, SAMHSA, sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use issues and celebrate the people who recover. For more information and ways to get involved, click here.

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  • People Who Care About SBIRT Converge in Pittsburgh

    Aug 03

    Originally published on July 2, 2015 by Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions (IRETA)   Editor’s Note: This post is about Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT). For an introduction to SBIRT, read this post. Last month’s event, Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment: An Interprofessional Conference was not massive, […]

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  • Are We Making Alcohol Screening Too Complicated?

    May 11
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    Gina Lasky, PhD, Health Management Associates Community Strategies (HMACS) Project Manager & Leigh Fischer, MPH, CPS II, Director of SBIRT Colorado, Peer Assistance Services, Inc. April is alcohol awareness month and over the last year, HMACS has worked on a number of projects related to the implementation of universal alcohol screening and brief intervention in primary […]

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  • Screening for Alcohol in Dental Practices

    Feb 11

    Screening for Alcohol in Dental Practices Carolyn Swenson, MSPH, MSN, FNP and Rachel Steffl, MA, LPC, LAC; Peer Assistance Services According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 38 million Americans drink too much and most do not have an alcohol use disorder. Yet, only one in six people has ever talked […]

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  • Using SBI to Prevent Underage Marijuana Use

    Aug 06
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    Using Screening and Brief Intervention to Prevent Underage Marijuana Use:  Findings from a Pilot Program in Colorado Measuring Adolescent Marijuana Use with the CRAFFT Screening Tool Holen Hirsh, PhD & Emily Love, PhD; OMNI Institute Adolescent marijuana use is a pressing concern in the state of Colorado, particularly in light of recent legislation legalizing the […]

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  • Pocket Guide: SBIRT in HIV Care Settings

    Jun 30

    SBIRT Colorado, along with Mountain Plains AIDS Education and Training Center, created this pocket guide to serve as a reference tool for HIV providers to address substance use. Offering screening, brief intervention, and referral for treatment, or SBIRT, as a universal standard of care is an effective way to ensure the provision of optimal care for people […]

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  • Marijuana and Colorado Teens

    Jun 02
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    Marijuana and Colorado Teens Mandy Copeland, LCSW, CAC II, Health Educator, Denver Health As a Health Educator in a Denver high school, I see, with increasing frequency the effect legalization of marijuana is having on our teenagers. Teens are using marijuana, synthetic marijuana, edibles, and vaporizers. I hear the following reasons for use again and […]

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  • Role of evaluation in SBI

    Feb 04

    Why is screening and brief Intervention for alcohol in healthcare not yet standard practice? The role of evaluation in understanding SBI adoption. Melissa K. Richmond, PhD, Director of Research and Evaluation, OMNI Institute Risky alcohol use is a serious public health concern. Each year, risky drinking negatively affects millions of lives, and billions of dollars […]

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  • SBIRT in primary care

    Jan 30

    The integration of SBIRT into primary care Carolyn Swenson, MSPH, MSN, FNP, Senior Project Manager, HealthTeamWorks A primary care patient-centered medical home is the ideal place to address all aspects of health and wellness including alcohol. However, a recent report issued in January 2014 from the CDC found that very few healthcare professionals talk with […]

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