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Healthcare-Based Prevention Services

The encounters between healthcare providers and patients are critically important in shaping health behaviors. Screening, education, and planning between healthcare staff and their patients can effectively prevent mental health and substance use problems. The ODMHSAS will support statewide efforts to disseminate best practices in primary care, specialty care, and emergency department settings. Key partnerships with providers, practices, associations/boards, and payors will help embed these approaches in Oklahoman’s routine experience at their doctors’ offices.

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based, public health approach that aims to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, abuse, and dependence on alcohol and drugs and symptoms of depression and suicidality. This integrated approach focuses on identifying risk early and intervening in the healthcare setting to prevent the onset of more costly disease and addiction. Contact Tequia Sier at Tequia.Sier@odmhsas.org or 405-248-9266 for more information about establishing SBIRT protocol at your practice-- including training, resources, and support.  

In collaboration with the ODMHSAS, the Oklahoma Primary Healthcare Improvement Cooperative (OPHIC) is enrolling primary care practices to participate in the SBIRT OK Initiative. Enrollment benefits include:

  • Access to electronic screening tools
  • Guidance to help practices change workflows and maximize their information technology for SBIRT implementation
  • In-practice coaching by trained Practice Facilitators
  • Academic Detailing by peer clinicians
  • Academic detailing guides for physicians in the areas of substance use disorders, depression, and suicide prevention
  • Tailored training, ongoing technical assistance, resources, and support

At-Risk in Primary Care

The ODMHSAS offers a free, CE-certified online training called At-Risk in Primary Care. It is designed to prepare primary care providers to screen patients for mental health and substance use, perform brief interventions using motivational interviewing techniques, and refer patients to treatment.

Zero Suicide

Zero Suicide is a quality improvement model that transforms system-wide suicide prevention and care to save lives. The primary goals of Zero Suicide are to promote suicide prevention as a core component of healthcare services and to promote and implement effective clinical and professional practices for assessing and treating those identified as being at risk for suicidal behaviors. Contact Tequia Sier at Tequia.Sier@odmhsas.org or 405-248-9266 for more information about how the ODMHSAS can provide technical assistance, training and support.

Talk Saves Lives is a one-hour introduction to Suicide Prevention. The ODMHSAS provides this community-based presentation that covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to fight suicide.

Contact Julie Geddes at jgeddes@odmhsas.org to schedule a group training.

Do No Harm: Pain and Opioid Management

The ODMHSAS provides guidance in best practices, evidence-based guidelines and technical assistance for the safe and responsible treatment of chronic pain, including prescriptions for opioids when indicated, with the ultimate goals of patient safety and functional improvement. In collaboration with the ODMHSAS, the Oklahoma Primary Healthcare Improvement Cooperative (OPHIC) is enrolling primary care practices to participate in the Do No Harm Initiative. For more information, contact Tequia Sier at Tequia.Sier@odmhsas.org or 405-248-9266.

Enrollment benefits include:

  • Clinician peer-to-peer academic detailing of current guidelines
  • In-practice coaching by trained Practice Facilitators
  • Tailored training, ongoing technical assistance, resources and support

ODMHSAS, in partnership with the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center and the OU-TU School of Community Medicine, created a comprehensive six module CME program titled Do No Harm: Putting Safer Pain Management Into Practice. The program is a highly informative and current review of the evidence-based guidelines to support reasonable and effective responses to the opioid crisis.


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Last Modified on Aug 05, 2021
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