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Bray’s substance abuse treatment research funded by Cornell and RTI International

Posted on Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 by UNCG Research.

Repost from Campus Weekly

Dr. Jeremy Bray (Economics) received new funding from Cornell University Weill Medical College for the project “Quality of life in opioid dependence.”

Also, Bray received funding from Research Triangle Institute (RTI International) for the project “Cross-site Evaluation of the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment Grant Program.” Recognizing that the treatment needs of the entire population could be better met through a comprehensive approach to identifying and treating substance use problems across a continuum of severity, the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) established the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) program to systematically screen and provide appropriate treatment to all individuals presenting for care in a variety of medical settings, the abstract explains. Evidence suggests that SBIRT is effective in decreasing alcohol use, cocaine and heroin use, cannabis use, amphetamine use, and benzodiazepine use. Furthermore, for nearly a decade, authors have identified SBIRT as one of the most cost-beneficial yet least-delivered prevention services.

It is important to understand which models of SBIRT offer the greatest potential to improve the U.S. treatment system. This evaluation of the second cohort of SBIRT grantees will further the understanding of the SBIRT program and how it functions in a new set of populations and contexts. Under this task order, RTI International, UNCG, the University of Connecticut Health Center, and Johnson, Bassin & Shaw are evaluating the SBIRT program as implemented in the new cohort of four grantees.