NIAAA Substance Use Prevention Study Clinician Training Materials:

MyVYou Clinician Training

Thank you for taking part in the MyVYou Clinician Training. From our previous research, we found preliminary evidence that suggests our computer-based Motivational Enhancement Therapy (iMET) is an effective tool for substance use prevention among adolescents.

In this study, we are furthering our research in our updated computer-based motivational enhancement therapy called “myVYou”. MyVYou is an online computer program that has activities intended to help teens think about their goals and decisions regarding alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.

How to use the Pledge for Life

The Pledge for Life is designed for young adult patients ages 18+.

Please tell your patients:
“The Pledge for Life is designed to keep you safe from either driving after drinking, accepting a ride from an impaired driver, or walking home alone. It asks you to identify 3 friends or family members willing to serve as your ‘committed other’. They agree to help you get home safely if you call them.”

Then ask:
“Can you think of 3 friends or family members who might be willing to help you out in that way? You could even be a ‘committed other’ for them.”

For further instruction, please watch the video of a clinician explaining the Pledge for Life to their 18 year old patient.

General Training Materials:

How to use the CRAFFT Screening Tool in your practice:
The CRAFFT Screening Tool was designed for use by trained healthcare professionals in a confidential healthcare setting. Although we do not offer training at this time, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Abuse Services has created the Provider Guide: Adolescent SBIRT Using the  CRAFFT Screening Tool [pdf] which is available for qualified clinicians.

NIAAA Pediatric Alcohol Screening Guide for Clinicians

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism released the Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention for Youth: A Practitioner’s Guide [pdf]This new clinicians guide:
  1. Recommends conducting alcohol screening and brief counseling with all youth starting at age 9.
  2. Consists of questions about friends’ use and own use in the past 12 months.
  3. Determines risk level (low, medium, high) based on patient age and gender.

SBIRT Factsheet

For facts on SBIRT medicare/medicaid coverage, billing, coding and documentation, please download the SBIRT Fact Sheet [pdf].

Coding guidelines for SBIRT reimbursement

For more information on coding guidelines for SBIRT reimbursement, please visit: