Kaiser Permanente Sponsors New Substance Treatment Curriculum

The Child Guidance Clinic offers specialized treatment for children with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Our caring professionals offer assessment, education, referral, and treatment services with a focus of long-term recovery. The Clinic was awarded a grant from Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Program to develop a new treatment curriculum to better identify and quickly treat clients with dual diagnoses.

The Clinic will be implementing the “Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment” (SBIRT) approach to the delivery of services for children and adults with substance use disorders. The SBIRT approach provides clinicians with the training and tools to quickly assess the severity of substance use, identify the appropriate levels of treatment, provide brief interventions focused on motivation toward behavior change, and referring clients to appropriate treatment programs.

In addition to implementing the SBIRT approach, the Clinic is developing new substance use programs to offer clients at each of our sites. These programs will offer multiple levels of care for clients as they progress through treatment. Staff training is currently underway and the new treatment programs will begin later this year.