More Than 12,000 Patients Have Been Screened Under WIPHL’s Current Grant

More than 12,000 brief screens for alcohol, drugs, tobacco and depression have been completed by WIPHL’s first three Partners in Integrated Care project clinics since November 2011. Bellin Health – Howard, Bellin Health – Ashwaubenon and Northern Health Center clinics screened patients for unhealthy drinking and drug use, tobacco use and depression, providing intervention and referral to treatment, if needed.

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. Behavioral screening and intervention (BSI) is top-tier recommended service and endorsed by the CDC, Joint Commission, National Business Group on Health, NIH, US Preventive Services Task Force and Wisconsin Medical Society.

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