Substance Treatment And Recovery (STAR) is a program for adults with developmental disabilities. Services are available from Seattle Mental Health for King County adults (aged 18 and older) who have substance abuse issues and who are enrolled in Medicaid under the Department of Developmental Disabilities. STAR is a community based service with offices in Capital Hill & Tukwila. For more informaiton, contact the Seattle Mental Health office at 206-302-2300. (from Prevention E-Briefs)
Little is currently known about the effect of substance abuse treatment on Medicaid expenses and other health care costs for welfare clients. Researchers from the Univ. of Washington and the Washington State Div. of Alcohol & Substance Abuse compared General Assistance clients who received substannce treatment to GA clients who needed treatment but did not receive it. They found a reduction in medical care costs of $2500 annually in the treatment group, which more than offset the cost of substance abuse treatment for public clients (approx. $2,300 per episode in Washington). The study indicates that substance abuse treatment "paid for itself" within one year after treatment for this population. [PubMed link]
Dr. Stanton Stan Glantz from UC San Francisco will speak at two Seattle locations on Thursday, December 7th. He will be talking about about current science and policy implications of secondhand smoke (SHS), highlighting findings of the recent Surgeon General's Report on Second Hand Smoke.
12:30-1:20 pm in the UW Environmental Health Seminar 2:30-4:00 pm at Group Health Center for Health Studies
Dr. Glantz's visit is jointly sponsored by the UW Tobacco Studies Program, UW Dept. of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, and the Group Health Center for Health Studies.
MIA:STEP is the newest product from the NIDA / SAMHSA Blending Initiative. The resource is intended to aid clinical supervisors working with counselors who are trained in Motivational Interviewing -- enhancing both counselor MI skills and the supervisor's mentoring process.
The package includes a description of the MI assessment interview, results of NIDA research underlying the development of the materials, demonstration tapes, interview tape rating guide, and a curriculum for preparing supervisors in the use of the MIA:STEP package. It also includes materials for briefing state officials and agency directors about the program ti encourage its adoption.