hello everyone! i am consistently reminded of the great service sbi provides by people in the community! A young employee at fred meyer’s, a young lady at a treatment program, several people at the lord’s gym…the list goes on “i am doing better because of that hospital visit – i’ve healed my body and now i’m healing my heart – i am so grateful – or you helped my husband” are all just some of the comments i hear about the sbi program at peacehealth southwest!!!
please join me in sending a letter to pamela stover in support of keeping this much needed sbi program alive!!!
PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center
400 N.E. Mother Joseph Place Vancouver, WA 98664 Telephone: (360) 256-2000
Dear Pamela Stover,
It is with great conviction that I write this letter in support of keeping the Screening and Brief Intervention Program at PeaceHealth Southwest.
I am fully aware of the current economic hardship that has caused severe cuts in state funding for alcohol and drug treatment programs throughout the state. As an attendee of the Substance Abuse Advisory Board these cuts are heartfelt as noted by the leaders in Clark County who have all come to one agreement– these underserved vulnerable people are going to be compelled to turn to hospitals for care.
January 13th 2012 Eric Martin announced to more than 90 participants at his Synthetic Tsunami training “The State of Washington has dropped off the top 10 states with most drug use.” Eric then asked “What is Washington doing that other states are not?” Credentialing and the closing of a pill mill were presented, however I strongly believe it is the decision to place chemical dependency counselors at 9 hospitals throughout the state of Washington that has had the greatest impact on reducing chemical dependency use. The Washington State Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral and Treatment program although began in 2004 and ended in 2009 continues as the “Screening and Brief Intervention” program at PeaceHealth Southwest a variation of the WASBIRT study and is still currently serving to reduce use.
Having qualified chemical dependency counselors who are active in the community and attending trainings to provide the most up to date information to patients when they are most vulnerable has been found to have a tremendous impact on patients, medical staff and families who are affected by a loved one’s use.
In conclusion, I fully support the efforts of the Consult and Liaison Department as they seek funding to continue the Screening and Brief Intervention program which is designed and found to reduce alcohol and drug use. Please accept $1.00 to show my support for keeping the SBI program going!
Guadalupe Aragón, BA, CADC1
Grace On You, LLC