Arctic SBIRT Training was a project within the UAA Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services (CBHRS). This project finished in August, 2017.
Substance misuse is one of the primary health concerns in Alaska. Research shows that the majority of people who drink too much are not alcohol-dependent, but may need support and advice to help them reduce the amount of alcohol they drink. However, this at-risk population is often overlooked. SBIRT is a process for identifying these individuals using universal screening, brief intervention, and referral for further assessment or treatment.
From 2013-2017, the Arctic SBIRT Training project worked with faculty and staff in the School of Nursing, School of Social Work, and Department of Psychology, as well as the physicians at the Alaska Family Medicine Residency Program to integrate SAMHSA's SBIRT curriculum into their academic or professional programs.
By working closely with its project partners, Arctic SBIRT Training assisted faculty with the education of students in health professional programs at UAA about substance misuse and provide them with the tools and skills they will need as health and allied health care practitioners.
Healthy Alaskans 2020 (HA 2020) is a framework that brings together partners from across Alaska to improve the health of all Alaskans.
The framework identifies 25 leading health indicators, sets targets to reach by 2020, and prioritizes the use of evidence-based Alaska strategies to meet those targets.
UAA Center for Behavioral Health Research & Services (CBHRS) is proud to be included as a key partner in this project.
Through our Arctic SBIRT Training Project, we are working with our community stakeholders and supporters to meet the goal set for Health Indicator 15a: Reducing the percentage of adults who report binge drinking in the past 30 days by 20% by 2020.
Funding for the Arctic SBIRT Training project is provided by the
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Grant # 1 U79T1025385.