Explore tools for screening older adults to identify non-dependent substance use or prescription medication issues and services to address them.
The Florida BRITE Project uses evidence-based screening tools and methods to screen older adults to identify non-dependent substance use or prescription medication issues and to provide effective service strategies prior to their need for more extensive or specialized substance abuse treatment. BRITE providers are trained in the use of the screening tools and how to administer "brief interventions" that assist the individual to look at their use of substances that put them at risk for health-related issues. BRITE is based on the national SBIRT initiative (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment).
Note: Track health promotion program guidance during COVID-19 regularly for updates to program implementation and training options. Programs traditionally implemented in-person may be temporarily allowable by telephone or online.
- Target audience: The Florida BRITE Project targeted adults 55 years and older with non-dependent substance use or prescription medication issues. Based on the national SBIRT initiative (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) BRITE targeted community-based older adults as well as patients in healthcare settings.
- Health outcomes:
- Reduction in risky or harmful use of alcohol
- Improved use of prescription medications
- Education about the harmful effects of illicit substances
- Referral to treatment for severe use of substances
- Delivered by: Counselors, Health educators, Medical personnel
- Program type: Individual
- Format: In-person in community
- Length: 1-5 sessions
- Training: Online
- Contact Dr. Robert Hazlett by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Professional required: No
- Accessibility adaptations available: No
- Cultural adaptations available: No
- Available in languages other than English: Spanish written materials on the BRITE website: http://BRITE.fmhi.usf.edu
- Behavioral Health
- Substance Use