Welcome New Clinics

WIPHL continues to recruit, train, and support new clinics toward delivery of BSI. A few new clinics have recently hired health educators and are close to service delivery. Another few clinics have recently decided to deliver services. As we head into the last year of our grant, this is a great time to join the growing number of clinics that WIPHL is helping to deliver BSI.

BSI Program Hits Its Stride at UW-La Crosse

The program to bring BSI to the Certified Health Education Program at the University of La Crosse is in full swing. Last spring we focused on continued skill enhancement for the faculty who will be teaching the course. The faculty will soon take the next step in developing their skills by moving out into the community. They plan to audiotape BSI sessions and get coaching and feedback from Laura Saunders, MSSW, WIPHL's director of development. 

While faculty are working hard on skill development, the team is putting together a course curriculum. The course will cover the necessary skills and knowledge needed to effectively deliver BSI, such as how to administer and score screening instruments, the basics of mental health and substance use disorders, Motivational Interviewing (spirit, skills and strategies), and cultural competence in health care.

Clinical sites, willing to host students in the Spring of 2013, are actively being recruited. 


Welcome New Clinics

WIPHL is actively – and successfully -- recruiting new clinics to deliver behavioral screening and intervention (BSI) services through our involvement in the Partners in Integrated Care (PIC) program.

We recently welcomed three new clinics – and three new health educators:

Progressive Community Health Centers, Lisbon Avenue Health Center, Milwaukee
Health Educator: Jessica Coleman, MSW, LCSW

Progressive Community Health Centers, Hillside Family Health Center, Milwaukee
Health Educator: Sofia Thorn, BSW, MSW, LCSW

Northern Health Centers, Lakewood
Health Educator: Lynn McCorkle, MA

Since the beginning of the year, Bellin Health Family Medical Center has been delivering BSI services at two of their clinics:

Bellin Health – Family Medical Center, Ashwaubenon
Health Educator: Ali Abreu, MSE

Bellin Health – Family Medical Center, Howard
Health Educator: Ashley Hopp

If you would like to join these clinics in delivering BSI, please contact us.

SBIRT for Crisis Workers and Prenatal Care Coordinators

WIPHL has partnered with the Department of Health Services (DHS) to provide screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) training to professionals who work in crisis services and prenatal care coordination services. This innovative application of SBIRT will bring behavioral screening and intervention (BSI) services to those accessing crisis services.

The first round of training was designed for workers from crisis programs from counties across Wisconsin. This innovative application of SBIRT brings BSI services to those accessing crisis services. Nineteen crisis workers and seven supervisors from six counties participated in this training opportunity.

The second round of training was designed for prenatal care coordinators. Prenatal Care Coordination is a Medicaid and BadgerCare Plus benefit that helps pregnant women get the support and services they need to have a healthy baby. Fifteen crisis workers and four nurses from three Milwaukee-area agencies and three Tribal entities participated in this training opportunity.

Training was conducted by Scott Caldwell, MA (DHS); Mia Croyle, MA (WIPHL); and Laura A. Saunders, MSSW (WIPHL). All participants are now able to provide SBIRT services and obtain reimbursement from Medicaid for services provided.

La Crosse Program Trains Future Health Educators

Laura Saunders and Dr. Brown are working with UW La Crosse to train health education students in a motivational interviewing approach to behavioral screening and intervention. Gary Gilmore, Ph.D, Professor and Director of Graduate Community Health and Public Health Programs, is directing the program at UW-La Crosse. Three other health education faculty and several graduate students have participated in several days of training and curriculum design work during this academic year.

They will begin training ten bachelors of science students in the fall. The project is supported by a grant from the Wisconsin Partnership Program of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

In addition to Dr. Gilmore, UW La Crosse faculty members on the project are Robert Jecklin, MPH, Ph.D., Community Health; Keely Rees, PhD, Community Health; and Emily Whitney, Ph.D., MCHES, Community Faculty Member.


Alliance for Wisconsin Youth Plans SBIRT for Teens

With a development grant from the Wisconsin Partnership Program of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Alliance for Wisconsin Youth coalitions in Southeastern Wisconsin are planning to bring SBIRT to area schools and other youth organizations. Julie Whelan Cappell, MS, CPH, of Milwaukee’s Planning Council for Health and Human Services, is directing the project. Dr. Brown is the program’s academic partner. Candace T. Peterson, PhD, former project manager for WIPHL’s SAMHSA SBIRT grant, now with the UW Population Health Institute, is the project’s evaluator. Within one year, the coalitions aim to identify 12 communities and organizations where SBIRT will be delivered to thousands of young people.

Proving the Value of SBIRT and BSI

The UW Population Health Institute, in cooperation with Wisconsin’s Medicaid program, has begun to analyze Medicaid claims data to assess whether SBIRT services delivered to Medicaid patients at various primary care clinics resulted in savings in healthcare costs. Three prior economic studies of SBIRT have focused on Wisconsin primary care patients, emergency room and trauma center patients from several states, and dual-eligible (Medicare and Medicaid) patients in Washington State. The current study would be the first ever to conduct a rigorous economic analysis of SBIRT for a general Medicaid population. Collaborators include D. Paul Moberg, PhD; David Weimer, PhD; Jason Paltzer, a PhD student in population health; and Dr. Brown.