Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)
SBIRT is an evidence-based method for identifying high risk individuals for alcohol, tobacco and drug use. KWA received a grant from Washington DSHS Behavioral Health & Recovery Division to create partnerships with Asian American primary care providers. KWA’s SBRIT endeavor will utilize brief interventions and motivational interviewing to help limited English proficiency immigrants develop a plan for alcohol and tobacco use cessation. KWA will also provide outpatient mental health and substance abuse counseling. Finally, KWA will partner with area hospitals and behavioral health agencies to provide referral for treatment.
Tobacco and Marijuana Prevention
Smoking among Korean and Vietnamese American men is significantly higher than the average in Washington state. Smoking is the second highest cause for early death among Korean and Vietnamese American men, and the rate of smoking is even higher among these individuals with limited proficiency in English. The increasing use of marijuana in Washington State brings added health concerns. Culturally adept services are essential in order to help these individuals quit or reduce smoking and get on a healthy path.
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