UHCAN Ohio applauds today’s passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) by the U.S. Senate on a 94-1 vote. Senator Robert Portman of Ohio was a lead sponsor. Among its provisions, CARA would provide funds to encourage Ohio to implement Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) in schools. SBIRT is a preventive intervention tool used in medical offices, emergency rooms and in schools, in which a trained professional asks an individual a few screening questions about alcohol and drug use. It is a public health approach to risky substance use that can identify and help people that otherwise do not give indications of having a substance problem.
“Through continued focus and funding toward community and prevention-based initiatives, like SBIRT, we can make sure that young people get access to help before it's too late,” said Kathleen Gmeiner, project director of Somebody Finally Asked Me!, a campaign of UHCAN Ohio to implement and secure funding for SBIRT in youth settings across Ohio.