Connecting Patients to Care

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People experiencing physical or behavioral health challenges depend on their healthcare provider for intervention and treatment.

You can help them get the care they need.
 

Use SBIRT.

Screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) is a public health approach to delivering early intervention and treatment.

  1. Screen for alcohol, tobacco or drug use and depression.
  2. Ask questions to guide conversations about behavior.
  3. Complete warm hand-offs to behavioral health or substance use counselors.

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Ask about SDOH.

The conditions in which people live, learn, work and play are called social determinants of health (SDOH). They affect a wide range of health risks and outcomes. Watch this Ted Talk to learn more.

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Ask about ACEs.

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) include abuse, neglect, domestic violence and parental mental illness or substance use. Exposure to ACEs affects children's brain development, hormonal systems and immune systems—even their DNA. This can cause behavioral problems, learning difficulties and physical health issues. Long-term expose to ACEs can lead to chronic health conditions later in life.

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Questions?

Contact Bonnie Corns at (253) 327-3728 or bcorns@tpchd.org.