(Subcontract to the University of New Mexico)
Ensuring that school-based health center (SBHC) resources, which are often supported by public federal and state funding, are optimized for effective adolescent substance use care is critical. This project, led by the University of New Mexico, will employ an implementation science perspective to examine how SBHCs can better engage students who use substances so that they are more likely to return for visits with behavioral health providers. Key strategies for engagement include:
- training and coaching SBHC providers and clinical teams on youth-centered communication skills;
- training and coaching SBHC providers on treating adolescent substance use holistically along with the common comorbid conditions of depression and anxiety;
- using SBIRT coordinators to support clinical teams in ensuring appropriate follow-up care; and
- modifying electronic health record (EHR) templates to monitor SBIRT services.
Funded by the Conrad Hilton Foundation