Summary: Key Things to Remember
Sometimes we all need a little help. Referring a patient can help the patient and can help you.
There are many different specialized services and one of your jobs is to recognize when a patient may be in need of specialized care and determining which type of care might be best for them, not only in terms of what they need but also in terms of what they are willing to do.
- You have to help them weigh their options and choose one that will lead to better outcomes for them.
- Get them to commit to an action.
- Followup with them to ensure they followed through on their commitment.
Three things to take away.
- Your job is to provide your patient with the knowledge that there are many options that can fit into their life and daily schedule. Basically, that there is more than “one right way” to start their path into recovery.
- Locate and get to know your respective go-to-person for a Referral to Treamtent. Just like the MA’s, nurses and other clinic members, the substance use or SBIRT counselor in your clinic is a key member of the treatment team for your patient.
- Remember don’t “punt” the task of engaging a person’s substance use issue to the nearest behavioral health specialist, provide a “warm hand off” so continuity of care is at it’s optimal level.