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Screening and Addressing Substance Misuse in Mental Health Settings

October 14, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

According to NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse), substance use is more common among people with a mental health issue than among those without any. Living through the current pandemic and racial unrest is difficult for many communities and increases vulnerability to substance use and misuse. For mental health practitioners, addressing added influences of stress and anxiety emphasizes the need to screen for substance use whose symptoms often and elusively mimic those of mental illnesses.

This interactive webinar will review contributing risk factors for substance use and mental illness, and its impact on diagnosis and treatment. Content will inform on validated tools used for screening substance use. Further, content will instruct on how facilitating brief interventions (Screening, Brief Interventions, Referral to Treatment, SBIRT), that are culturally and linguistically appropriate as well as trauma informed, can help address at-risk substance use in clinical and non-clinical environments, and facilitate patient centered care and support.




Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network (ATTC)