Current Projects

Pittsburgh Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment

Funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Pittsburgh (PGH) Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Health Professions Student Training project develops and implements training programs at Chatham University, University of the Sciences, Morehouse School of Medicine, Kennesaw State University, and Clark Atlanta University to teach students in health professions the skills necessary to conduct SBIRT with patients.

In 2016, PERU also received funding from SAMHSA to implement SBIRT student training programs within the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, and School of Medicine in conjunction with the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. View the PGH SBIRT website.

Pennsylvania SBIRT

Funded by SAMHSA, Pennsylvania SBIRT will implement SBIRT protocols and services within seven primary care sites across six Pennsylvania county groups: Allegheny, Blair, Cameron-Elk-McKean, Clearfield-Jefferson, Mercer, and Potter. This project will also support a Care Coordinator at each practice, who will provide case management services for patients referred to specialty treatment services or the practice’s respective Single County Authority.

Allegheny County Overdose Prevention Coalition (ACOPC)

The ACOPC is an independent collaboration of concerned organizations and individuals with the mission to reduce overdose deaths in Allegheny County. The ACOPC implements prevention, intervention, and treatment strategies in a variety of locations and settings that target individuals at varying levels of risk for overdose.

Previous Projects

SBIRT Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Pilot Study

Funded by SAMHSA, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, and the Staunton Farm Foundation, this project analyzed healthcare and utilization costs for patients who received SBIRT services in an emergency department setting.