Unique approach to reduce risky substance use among driving

By KBJR News 1

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Unique approach to reduce risky substance use among driving

August 21, 2014 Updated Aug 21, 2014 at 11:37 AM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Institute for Clinical Systems and Minnesota's Sixth Judicial District are implementing a unique approach to reduce risky substance use among drivers.

The pilot program, made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, will implement the Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment model within the criminal justice system in Duluth.

The model is an early intervention for people with risky alcohol use. It consists of systematic screening, brief interventions for behavior change using motivational interviewing, and referral to community services or specialized treatment for those identified with high risk or possible dependence on substances.

"Numerous studies show the effectiveness of SBIRT, including one with 459,599 patients that showed a decrease of 38 percent for heavy alcohol use six months after screening and the brief intervention," says Pam Pietruszewski ICSI Project Director.

The initial demonstration program will integrate the SBIRT model with the support and leadership of Chief Judge Shaun R. Floerke of the Sixth Judicial District in Duluth.

ICSI is training criminal justice system staff to implement SBIRT in the demonstration project.

Newsroom Staff