Substance abuse is prevalent and you can play an important role in reducing your patients’ risks.
By taking the relatively small steps necessary to implement SBIRT in your interactions with each and every one of your patients, each and every time you see them, you can markedly increase the likelihood that you will identify substance use and abuse and be able to do something about it.
A Reminder About Parents
Because Indiana code does not require you to notify parents but allows you to do so, each situation has to be handled on a case by case basis using your clinical judgement. In the end, you do not have to inform parents, but you may do so if, in your opinion, it will benefit the patient or is needed for other reasons such as seeking payment.
The ideal solution: help the patient see the value of involving his or her parent(s), a task well suited to the MI skills discussed in this course.
Are you ready? A quick self-assessment is next »