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NH SBIRT Summit a Success!

The NH SBIRT Summit: Stopping Substance Misuse before it Starts drew almost 100 participants from throughout the state to discuss how this simplistic model can make a major impact on substance use.  The day included notable speeches from Tym Rourke, Director of Substance Use Disorders Grantmaking and Strategic Initiatives at the NH Charitable Foundation, and Dr. Ken Winters of the University of Minnesota, who lent his expertise in the technical aspects of Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT).   Other highlights from the day included a panel discussion by NH Youth SBIRT Initiative grantees describing their progress and experiences with implementation of SBIRT in the clinical settings.  The Summit was very well received overall, and the greater efforts of the Summit and NH Youth SBIRT Initiative were highlighted in the Union Leader.  Additional resources from the day are available in the resources section.

Impromptu Training Addresses Need for Practice

In conjunction with his keynote address at the NH SBIRT Summit: Stopping Substance Misuse before it Starts, Dr. Ken Winters conducted a training in Teen Intervene, a brief intervention and motivational interviewing technique specifically designed for adolescents.  The training provided an opportunity for participants to learn more about the research behind the Teen Intervene process, and to cultivate a greater understanding of the process by practicing the technique with other participants.  Twenty –six participants were trained and will have the option of receiving ongoing support and consultation by Dr. Winters.  One participant noted the day was, “One of the best trainings I’ve been to in a long time.   [The] presenter was caring and accommodating.”  The overwhelmingly positive response to this training echoes the need for more capacity building opportunities in brief intervention and motivational interviewing throughout the state.  For more information on upcoming trainings in New Hampshire, please go to the resources section.

Last minute Brief Intervention Training Fills Up!

In conjunction with his keynote speaking engagement at the NH SBIRT Summit: Stopping Substance Misuse before it Starts on October 22nd, Dr. Ken Winters will be conducting an impromptu training on conducting Brief Intervention in the Concord area on October 23rd. The training was at capacity within a week’s notice, noting the need for more opportunities in training and skill-building with techniques such as these. (posted 10/01/2014)

Join us for the NH Youth SBIRT Summit: Stopping substance misuse before it starts

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is leading the Screen & Intervene: NH Youth SBIRT Initiative, with funding from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. This initiative is a 3-year effort to expand the use of youth and young adult Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) protocols throughout the state’s healthcare system. The Foundation, its partners, and current grantees cordially invite you to the NH SBIRT Summit to learn how New Hampshire is breaking new ground in medical care settings through the implementation of this evidence-based practice. Register today! (posted 10/01/2014)