Substance Use Outcomes: All WASBIRT Hospitals

Sep 2009 |
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Six-Month Follow-up Survey of WASBIRT Patients, April 12, 2004 - March 31, 2008

Use of alcohol and other drugs declined among emergency department patients who received brief interventions for substance use disorders through WASBIRT. There are nine hospitals in Washington State that agreed to participate in the Washington State Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral and Treatment (WASBIRT) Project which began in the spring of 2004. Through this project, chemical dependency counselors screen primarily emergency department patients for alcohol and drug use. Based on the patient's level of risk for substance use disorders, the counselor provides brief interventions to anyone at moderate or high risk levels. They also refer patients with more serious disorders to brief therapy or more traditional forms of chemical dependency (CD) treatment.

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