Partners in Care (PIC): Spreading BSI Throughout the States

An Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) grant currently drives recruitment of primary care clinics throughout the state. Participating clinics receive consultation and implementation support for providing BSI services as well as specific training and support for the health educators who deliver services in the clinics. This 3-year grant is a partnership with Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI) and the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ). It is administered by the UW Department of Family Medicine. It completes its work in 2013.

The First Five Years: Proving the Model

A U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant, during its service-delivery phase, included approximately 30 clinics, which delivered more than 115,000 screens and more than 25,000 brief interventions. Results included a 20% decline in binge drinking, a 48% reduction in regular marijuana use, and a 55% reduction in depressive symptoms. This 5-year grant was administered by the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services.

Training Health Educators with UW La Crosse

A grant from the Wisconsin Partnership Program creates a partnership to build a pool of bachelor's level, certified health educators­-who will be trained through Graduate Community Health Programs, UW-La Crosse. WIPHL is helping to create the new program. This 3-year grant is administered by the UW Department of Family Medicine. It completes its work and evaluation in 2014.

Bringing SBIRT to Teens

Under a second grant from the Wisconsin Partnership, WIPHL is helping the Alliance for Wisconsin Youth–Southeast (AWY-SE) plan to bring tobacco, alcohol and drug screening and intervention services into schools and other organizations that serve teens in 8 Southeastern Wisconsin counties. If this one-year planning process is successful, AWY-SE will seek funds additional funds to start delivering services.