In collaboration with NYSAM leaders and members like Drs. Chinazo Cunningham, Kelly Ramsey, Charles Gonzalez, Sharon Stancliff, and many others, the Substance Use Guidelines Committee and the New York State Department of Health AIDS institute published the new guideline on “Substance Use Screening and Risk Assessment in Adults”. The guideline is meant for use by clinicians treating adults in outpatient care settings to achieve the following goals
- Increase the identification of unhealthy substance use among NYS residents and increase access to evidence-based interventions for appropriate patients.
- Increase the number of clinicians in NYS who perform substance use screening and risk assessment as an integral part of care.
- Provide clinicians with guidance on selecting validated substance use screening and risk assessment tools and on providing or referring for evidence-based interventions.
- Promote a harm reduction approach to the identification and treatment of substance use and SUDs, which involves practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing the negative consequences associated with substance use.
Please see this important guideline here.