This TIP, titled Simple Screening Instruments for Outreach for Alcohol
and Other Drug Abuse and Infectious Diseases, addresses the twin
epidemics of substance abuse and infectious diseases. Service providers from
many disciplines and across many systems and agencies are increasingly
encountering individuals with AOD abuse problems, which place them at higher
risk for acquiring infectious diseases. The TIP presents two screening
instruments - one for AOD abuse and one for infectious diseases - that were
designed to be able to be rapidly administered by a wide range of providers and
relatively simple to score and interpret. The instruments are flexible and
applicable to diverse populations. The TIP describes considerations in the
development of these instruments and offers guidelines for their use in field
tests. Guidelines for training staff in the use of these instruments are also
presented, and legal and ethical concerns, especially in the area of
confidentiality, are discussed.
This publication is part of the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant technical assistance program. This publication was written under contract number ADM 270-91-0007 from the
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Services Administration (SAMHSA). Anna Marsh, PhD, and Sandra Clunies, MS,
served as the CSAT Government project officers. Duiona Baker, MPH, served as
the Government content advisor. Randi Henderson, Mim Landry, and Deborah Shuman served as writers.
The opinions expressed herein are the views of the consensus panel members and do
not reflect the official position of CSAT or any other part of the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). No official support or
endorsement of CSAT or DHHS is intended or should be inferred. The guidelines
proffered in this document should not be considered as substitutes for
individualized patient care and treatment decisions.