Screening for Substance Misuse and Mental Health Conditions & Linkage to Services – Provider Resources
Provider-facing resources on screening tools to evaluate substance use disorder risk, actions to take for patients with a positive substance use disorder screen, and linkages to service for substance use disorders and /or co-occurring mental health disorders.
Screening Tools for Evaluation of Substance Use Disorder Risk (Self- and Provider-Administered)
- NIDA Quick Screen and NIDA-modified ASSIST are appropriate scales for patients 18 or older. You may deliver it as an interview and record patient responses, or read the questions aloud and have the patient fill out responses on a written questionnaire.
- Find screening tools and assessment resources for patients based on substance type, patient age, and how tool is administered.
Evaluation for Acute Opioid Withdrawal
Actions to Take With a Positive SUD Screen
Linkage to Services
- Use this website to locate local addiction therapists, medication-assisted treatment facilities, abstinence-based recovery facilities, 12-step programs, and other peer-support groups.
Co-Occurrence of Mental Heath Disorders & Substance Use Disorders
Please note: National surveys have found that about 50% of those who experience a mental illness during their lives will also experience a substance use disorder and vice versa (Ross & Peselow, 2012); (Kelly & Daley, 2013). It is recommended that patients with a co-occurrence of mental health and substance use disorders should receive further specialty medical and therapeutic treatment for both disorders at the same time.
For 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or for the Crisis Text Line, text HOME to 741741.
- Review this 12-page handout to learn more about the comorbidity of addition and mental illnesses including examples of promising behavioral therapies for patients with comorbid conditions.
CDC Module: Assessing and Addressing Opioid Use Disorder (training video)
- Access this training video and receive free continuing education (CME, CNE, CEU) by registering on CDC Training and Continuing Education (TCE) Online, searching for course number WB2863, and completing the evaluation.
- This one-page handout provides information on the impact of prescription drug misuse on communities and the economy along with three ways to help reduce misuse.
- Access a list of federal resources for rural communities in addressing substance use disorder and opioid misuse.
- This fact sheet provides information on what is means to take a public health approach to substance misuse and substance use disorders, what strategies can be implemented, and what state, local and tribal governments can do to help.