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Another Way of Talking About Substance Abuse: Substance Abuse Screening and Brief Intervention in a Mental Health Clinic.

David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California-Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California.
Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment 12/2009; 19(8):959-977. DOI: 10.1080/10911350902992797
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ABSTRACT This article provides experiential evidence on the transportability of the Alcohol, Smoking, and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST) screening tool and brief intervention in a mental health clinic. There is very little published information on implementing screening and brief intervention (SBI) in a mental health setting. Moreover, few SBI projects have reported on clinicians' experiences using the ASSIST. The article documents a successful attempt at implementing the ASSIST and discusses the benefits and challenges of doing SBI in a mental health setting.

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