Bill Would Have Wisconsin Schools Adopt Alcohol And Drug Screening Program Called SBIRT- Wisconsin Public Radio

Democratic Assemblywoman Says Every Dollar Spent On Screening Could Save $4 In Future Health Care

Rep. LaTonya Johnson of Milwaukee wants to expand a program called Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment, also known as SBIRT. It’s a method supported by the Department of Health Services, and is used in doctor’s offices and some schools.

“We know that 90 percent of adults with addiction and substance abuse problems began using well before they were 18 years old,” said Johnson.

The assessment would be voluntary, allowing students to opt out.

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