The School of Social Work teams up with Nursing and Medicine and wins a $900,000 federal grant

A collaborative training program proposal by the Schools of Social Work, Nursing and Medicine have been award a grant of more than $900,000 from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Dr. Joan CarlsonThe proposal, which is aimed at improving the health of a large number of adolescents and adults at risk for one or more substance use disorders, was developed by faculty from all three disciplines, including:  Dr. Joan Carlson of the School of Social Work and Dr. Angela M. McNelis of the School of Nursing as Principal Investigators; Drs. Kathy Lay of the School of Social Work, Sara Horton-Deutsch of the School of Nursing and Dr. David W. Crabb of the School of Medicine as Co-Investigators.

The “Advancing Multidisciplinary Education for Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)” will involve 60 Master of Social Work students, 60 Nurse Practitioner students and 50 medical residents. The purpose of the project is to integrate SBIRT into Indiana’s healthcare and allied health care education systems to improve the lives of adolescents and adults at risk for one or more substance use disorders.

Work to implement the grant is already underway.

Dr Kathy LayThe curriculum proposed in this project will be distinctive to each of the three target populations: medical residents, nurse practitioners, and social workers.  The School of Social Work program has a strong history of placing advanced clinical Masters of Social Work (MSW) interns in a variety of settings where they gain experience working with diverse populations.  These include behavioral health clinics, primary care clinics, hospitals, substance abuse clinics, schools, residential facilities, family preservation and reunification, child services as well as an essential presence in the state wide VA system.

The School of Nursing graduate students’ clinical practicum venues include community, migrant and rural health centers, local and state health departments, prisons, schools and other areas in which underserved populations are the focus of care.

 The School of Medicine hosts large residency programs in internal medicine and medicine-pediatrics (med-peds) residency program.

 SBIRT training will be integrated in select courses within these venues in central locations across the state.  Tailored web-based educational modules and face-to-face motivational interview (MI) training will offer students opportunity to integrate SBIRT in their clinical practica.  Students will document all patient encounter information including demographics, clinical information, screening, diagnoses and procedure codes, medications, and clinical notes.

Indiana University is a unique venue to advance SBIRT in the training of primary care
and allied health care providers given their ability to collaborate within the three disciplines, social work, nursing, and medicine.  Upon completion of the proposed program, we project SBIRT /MI curriculum will be embedded into core classes. Educating and training practitioners in screening and brief intervention is paramount to addressing the healthcare needs of Indiana.

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