Training Family Medicine Residents and Health Care Trainees to Address Substance Misuse in Montana

Project Term: 12 months; 2019-2020

Grant Amount: $14,961

The Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana will create a curriculum to train family medicine residents in screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) to identify and provide effective initial treatment for people with undiagnosed substance use disorders. The University of Montana runs the residency program and residents do rotations at the Partnership Family Health Center. The curriculum will be used by addiction medicine faculty to train future cohorts of family practice residents. Funding will be used to train three family medicine residency faculty members and Partnership Health Center’s newly hired Director of Behavioral Health in the SBIRT model. In turn, these faculty will oversee SBIRT training for residents. Overall, the project is intended to provide residents with skills that will enable them to better address substance use disorders with confidence and competence.

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