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IndianaSBIRT Receives Premier Health Achievement Award


(From left) Ruth Gassman, Cindy Wilson, Suzanne Caldwell, and Nina Engelhardt of the IndianaSBIRT Program

Wishard Health Services in conjunction with the Indiana Prevention Resource Center (IPRC) recently received the Indiana Public Health Foundation’s Premier Health Achievement Award for IndianaSBIRT. The award, given in the category of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, recognized exemplary leadership in implementing a universal screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) program for alcohol and substance abuse in Wishard Community Health Centers (CHCs). The IndianaSBIRT program is funded by a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) cooperative agreement, which partners Wishard Health Services and the IPRC to institute SBIRT services as a new standard of care in Wishard CHCs. SBIRT will be introduced in ten Wishard CHCs, with plans to extend the model over the next four years to other CHCs in Indiana.