Huntington Hospital, Peconic Bay and Northern Westchester Get Helpful Addiction Recognition, Screening Program

The emergency departments of three Northwell Health facilities are adding substance abuse protocols that include screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment services.

Northwell Health’s screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) services, which have been implemented at nine health system hospitals and ambulatory facilities, are going to be offered in the emergency departments of three more: Huntington Hospital, Peconic Bay Medical Center and Northern Westchester Hospital.

These services give health care practitioners the tools to ask patients a few key questions about their substance use, identify associated risks and  navigate to the appropriate level of treatment if necessary. Huntington Hospital, Peconic Bay Medical Center and Northern Westchester Hospital will each have dedicated health coaches at their sites who will serve as clincial ambassadors for the SBIRT program.

Huntington Hospital’s program debuted May 15; Northern Westchester’s is slated to start on June 5 and Peconic Bay’s scheduled start date is June 19.

“The SBIRT program is all about giving health care providers the training to normalize the conversation around substance use,” said Sandeep Kapoor, MD, Northwell Health’s SBIRT director. “This process has allowed us to identify substance use problems earlier on and provide assistance to potentially prevent further progression toward addiction.”

Dr. Kapoor noted that the goal is for all Northwell Health facilities to have the SBIRT program. At Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, staff members are in the process of getting training on the program. There is also the potential for a remote SBIRT program. Jonathan Morgenstern, PhD, director of addiction services at Northwell Health, is working on an electronic platform where patients can be surveyed remotely and then receive help and next steps from a health coach.

The SBIRT program is already available at four other Northwell Health emergency departments: Southside Hospital, Staten Island University Hospital North, Staten Island University Hospital South, Lenox Health Greenwich Village. It is also at these internal medicine practices: 865 Northern Boulevard; 20001 Marcus Avenue; 225 Community Drive; Long Island Jewish Medical Center ACU and Staten Island University Hospital Medical Arts Pavilion.


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