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Trauma patients receive substance abuse screening and intervention


Screening, Brief Intervention and Treatment (SBIRT)

School, Department, or Center

Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center in collaboration with Department of Behavioral Medicine


Ramona Rodriguez, RN Jorge Con, MD Alison Wilson, MD


The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT) mandates that substance abuse screening and brief intervention be incorporated as part of the routine care for the trauma patient.  West Virginia was one of four recipients of a 2008 SBIRT project awarded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.  The first patients were screened on March 6, 2010.  The goal of the project is to reduce the misuse of drugs and alcohol by screening and providing Brief Intervention, Brief Treatment or Referral to Treatment to those who screen positive. Under the SAMHSA grant, patients who screened positive were offered a few free sessions by Behavioral Health counselors.  Since SAMHSA grant ended, subsequent sessions are no longer offered.  Currently 4 counselors providing screening services on a part time basis screen and assess severity of substance use and identify appropriate level of treatment, brief intervention focus on increasing insight and awareness regarding substance use and motivation toward behavioral change, and referral to treatment provide those identified as needing more extensive treatment with access to specialty care.

Area Served

All patients 12 or older who are admitted to the trauma service or Peds surgery

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