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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
November/December 2009, Volume 17, Number 6 

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Creating a Curriculum: Training the Next Generation

Pennsylvania’s Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) grant is over, but work is underway to make sure that health care practitioners will be using the approach for generations to come.

With support from SAMHSA’s Medical Residency Program, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and other partners are creating a curriculum that will give medical residents across the state a thorough grounding in SBIRT-related knowledge and skills.

“We’re building the curriculum from the ground up,” explained Project Director Janice Pringle, Ph.D., Director of the Program Evaluation Research Unit at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Pharmacy.

Drawing on the literature, the group is crafting an evidence-based curriculum that is flexible enough to be used across medical specialties. The curriculum’s mix of Web-based and didactic components will also mean that training programs can use it however works best for them. The group is also creating materials that will train “champions” and other faculty in the residency programs in how to use the curriculum.

“If we’re going to have physicians in the future incorporating SBIRT into their daily practice, we need to get them while they’re training,” said Project Co-Director Bill Johnjulio, M.D., Chairman of Family Medicine at UPMC Mercy.

Find out more about SAMHSA’s SBIRT Medical Residency Cooperative Agreements.



  News & Updates  
Pamela S. Hyde Sworn in as New Administrator

Pamela S. Hyde Sworn in as New Administrator

Read more, view Webcast, and see photos.

Parity Law: Lessons Learned from California

Parity Law: Lessons Learned from California

Study may help to highlight the need for public education about the Federal parity law.

Voice Awards Honor Consumer Leaders

Voice Awards Honor Consumer Leaders

Entertainment industry and consumer leaders honored in Hollywood. Photo gallery.


  Publications  
TIP 52:  Treatment Guide to Clinical Supervision

TIP 52: Treatment Guide to Clinical Supervision

Improving counselors’ skills takes coaching and mentoring.

Guidelines: Responding to Mental Health Crises

Report offers principles for safe interventions.

Substance-Exposed Infants: How States Help

Substance-Exposed Infants: How States Help

Cross-agency, unified approach is recommended.


  Grants  
Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

Call for applications include Peer-to-Peer Recovery program.

Tribal Grants Awarded

In Montana, a tribal group recently accepted a “big check.”


  Homelessness  
New Research Available on Parenting

New Research on Parenting

SAMHSA staff recently guest-edited 11 articles that focus on parenting.

Web Site Update on Co-Occurring Disorders

Web Site Update on Co-Occurring Disorders

New, interactive Web site features a library of tools.


  Adolescents & Substance Use  
“Influencers” Prevent Prescription Drug Misuse

“Influencers” Prevent Prescription Drug Misuse

Online toolkit helps family, teachers, and doctors keep teens from abusing prescription drugs.

Youth Tobacco Trends Show Decline

Youth Tobacco Trends Show Decline

Fewer youth are using tobacco products.

Perceptions of Risk from Substance Use

Perceptions of Risk from Substance Use

Age relates to teens’ perception of the danger of substance use.


  Suicide Awareness  
Suicide Prevention Update

Suicide Prevention Update

Lifeline’s Twitter, Facebook numbers rise.


  Prevention Update  
Native American Center for Excellence

Native American Center for Excellence

Recent event included a hoop dancing demonstration.



  Also in this Issue  
Gender Differences in Adolescents

Gender Differences in Adolescents

State reports on behavioral health problems presented by gender.

New Wallet Cards for 1-800-662-HELP

New Wallet Cards for 1-800-662-HELP

Order free wallet cards in English and en español.



  


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