"These consensus standards represent a defining leap forward in the effort to improve treatment of substance use conditions," said Elaine Cassidy, PhD, MSEd, program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. "They give visibility and credibility to evidence-based treatment practices and create momentum for further advances."
The eleven newly endorsed treatment practices are organized into four domains and subdomains as follows:
Identification of Substance Use Conditions
Screening and Case Finding
1. During new patient encounters and at least annually, patients in
general and mental healthcare settings should be screened for at-risk
drinking, alcohol use problems and illnesses, and any tobacco use.
2. Healthcare providers should employ a systematic method to identify
patients who use drugs that considers epidemiologic and community
factors and the potential health consequences of drug use for their
Diagnosis and Assessment
3. Patients who have a positive screen for -- or an indication of -- a
substance use problem or illness should receive further assessment to
confirm that a problem exists and determine a diagnosis. Patients
diagnosed with a substance use illness should receive a
multidimensional, biopsychosocial assessment to guide patient-centered
treatment planning for substance use illness and any coexisting
Initiation and Engagement in Treatment
4. All patients identified with alcohol use in excess of Nati
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