More than 120 people gathered to celebrate the official launch event for the CMHC's Addiction Free Futures Project on July 16 at the State House. The project is focused on preventing substance abuse by expanding screenings and early intervention to reach adolescents across the state using a set of tools called Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT). The event was followed by a hearing of the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse where the CMHC testified on behalf of H. 1796/ S. 284 An Act relative to preventing adolescent substance abuse by expanding SBIRT. This bill would add screening for substance use to the list of health screenings conducted in public schools and was reported favorably by the Joint Committee!
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