Georgia BASICS (Brief Assessment, Screening, Intervention Continuum of Care System) is part of the third cohort of SBIRT project grantees. The project will be implemented within two primary organizations, Grady Health System (GHS) and the Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG). The intent of the project is twofold. First, it will increase the proportion of persons receiving SBIRT services in the emergency department and other clinics affiliated with GHS and MCCG. Second, it will develop an expanded and trained workforce with SBIRT competencies.
SBIRT services will be implemented in the emergency departments of the state’s two largest medical facilities: Grady Health System in Atlanta and the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon . In year 3, the project will expand to selected primary care sites at each hospital. GHS will expand to its Department of Obstetrics prenatal clinics. MCCG will expand to two outpatient clinics: Anderson Health Center and the Family Health Center.
Stephen H. O’Neil, MA, is Director of the Ohio Substance Use Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment Project at the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services . Prior to this, he was the Project Manger for the Georgia SBIRT program.
Steve O’Neil holds a Masters Degree in Psychology from Seattle University and is currently attending Walden University in pursuit of his Ph.D. Steve has worked in the field of addiction counseling and administration for over 28 years. In addition to his experience in the private sector Steve has served with the Seattle/King County Department of Public Health, the South Dakota Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, and the Washington State Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse, and the Georgia Division of Addictive Diseases.