The University of Massachusetts Amherst

The S.A.M.E. S- Substance A- Abuse M- Management and E- Education Project

Date Funded: 
Sep 30, 2020
Funding Organization: 
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Dr Kim Dion, along with co-investigator Dr Donna Zucker, has received a two-year Expansion of Practitioner Education grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to educate and train student nurses to care for persons with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) to reduce stigma and improve treatment outcomes. Students will be trained in the use of Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), physiology of addiction, anti-stigma practices, harm reduction, community resources, and treatment options so that skills will be used in lifelong professional practice. The intention is to expand upon current practices in the curriculum to include screening, assessment, and treatment principles for alcohol, marijuana, stimulants, and opioids for individuals across the lifespan. Key strategies to improve the health system include incorporating innovative, evidence-based approaches with proven clinical outcomes into the academic experience of nursing students. Goals of the project are to 1) Develop and implement training opportunities in SBIRT, Harm Reduction, anti-stigma and identifying persons at risk for substance use disorder for student nurses at a public university; 2) Reduce stigma among student nurses and improve their comfort level working with persons with SUD, and 3) Increase the use of trauma-informed care principles, SBIRT, and harm reduction six months after the initial training.