Training to Improve the Integration of Community Partners in Clinical Setting, including substance abuse and mental health services

ABC has collaborated with academic institutions to develop a cost effective approach to link and refer to services at risk youth that present at the emergency department of county hospitals. In conjunction Boston University, ABC adapted the training program to build the capacity of navigators to implement a SBIRT intervention.  In the pilot Navigators Promotores demonstrated the feasibility of the implementation of a SBIRT program for Mexican-origin young adults (age 18-30). ABC conducted the formative evaluation that informed the design of alcohol intervention for young Mexican origin populations based on the SBIRT. The Navigators trained by ABC have identified and recruited over one thousand vulnerable youth and have improved the entry into rehabilitation services, as well as HIV care for those identified to be HIV positive. (Ramos 2013)