Community Resilience and Recovery Initiative: Final Evaluation Report. Impact of Staff Training


The project staff and other community professionals were trained in a number of new approaches, all of which helped to increase the community agencies' capacity to identify and respond to substance use and behavioral health issues. The staff from several community programs were trained in several SBIRT components, including screening tools, the use of cognitive behavioral interventions, and motivational enhancement therapy. One of the special training elements was a 2-day clinical skills training program on suicide risks. Project staff were also trained to conduct the screening that was central to the outreach portion of the project. The screening tools used were all available as Spanish versions and included:

  • Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT);
  • Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST); and
  • Center for Epidemiologic Studies Self-Reported Depression Scale (CES-D).

For prevention efforts, two Strengthening Families programs were developed for parents of youth ages 6-11 and 12-16. Other treatment and interventions resources that were established for the CRRI project included employment resources, substance use, and behavioral health interventions as described in the section on service delivery.

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