Alcohol and Drug Screening Services Expand to Five Additional Clinics in WisconsinPosted: January 29, 2013
MADISON – Five Wisconsin healthcare clinics will now offer behavioral screening and intervention (BSI) services aimed at reducing unhealthy drinking and drug use, promoting smoking cessation and improving depression detection and treatment. BSI screens all patients in general healthcare settings for alcohol, drugs and other behavioral risks. Administered by a trained health educator, BSI is proven to reduce alcohol and drug use – the fourth leading cause of death in Wisconsin – and healthcare costs.
The Wisconsin Initiative to Promote Healthy Lifestyles (WIPHL) finished training seven new health educators to deliver BSI at these five clinics. Health educators meet with patients who screen positive on questionnaires for alcohol, drug use and other behavioral risks and conduct further assessment to deliver interventions or make referrals, as appropriate. They receive a two-week, comprehensive training lead by WIPHL and are a cost-efficient, dedicated addition to the health care team. There are now 20 clinics in Wisconsin that have health educators on staff to deliver BSI in a sustainable manner.
This new group of health educators will be working at:
- Family Health / La Clinica, Wautoma
- Sargeant Internal Medical Clinic, Medical College of Wisconsin, Wauwatosa
- Richland Medical Center, Richland Center
- University Health & Counseling Services, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Whitewater
- Watertown Area Cares Clinic, Watertown
“As a health educator at a rural clinic in Northern Wisconsin, I’ve seen first-hand the help many patients need – and more importantly, want – to make positive lifestyle changes,” said Brittany Innes of Family Health / La Clinica. “Wisconsin is known for their above average levels of alcohol and drug use. After last week’s training, I now have the ability to go back to my clinic and help our patients get the critical assistance they need to address binge drinking, drug use, smoking and depression as well.”
WIPHL is a grant-funded program of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Medicine and Public Health that helps healthcare settings systematically implement BSI and train the important health educators who help deliver the service. For more information, visit www.wiphl.org.