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$8.3M grant helps back early prevention of substance abuse

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An innovative new approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for people with substance use disorders, as well as those who are at risk of developing these disorders, will begin early next year at three Wishard Health Services community health centers. 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), formed by Congress in 1992, has awarded the State of Indiana a five-year grant totaling more than $8.3 million. The project will work to integrate drug and alcohol screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) services into the routine standard of care at community health centers and community mental health centers throughout Indiana.

Wishard Health Services, Midtown Community Mental Health Center (a division of Wishard), and the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) have been selected to lead the implementation of the program.

“Alcohol and substance abuse remain a challenging problem in our society. A key part of prevention and intervention among those with substance abuse issues, as well as those at risk, is early identification and treatment,” said Margie Payne, CEO of Midtown Community Mental Health Center and vice president of mental health operations at Wishard Health Services. “The earlier a problem is detected, the more effective prevention efforts may be.”

At every appointment at the three community health centers participating in the initial phase of the program, all patients, regardless of race, age or economic status, will be asked about their alcohol and drug usage confidentially, as part of an early intervention approach.


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