The CCC is a university-community partnership whose mission is to provide capacity building services to direct care service agencies. Ultimately, we hope to help agencies improve their services for individuals at risk or impacted by HIV/AIDS with multiple diagnoses related to substance use, mental illness, and other infectious diseases. Using a Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral and Treatment (SBIRT) framework we help identify programs’ Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) needs and provide relevant trainings to enhance their quality of care in these areas.
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The CCC has been partnering with the Infectious Disease Bureau (IDB) of the Prevention and Health Promotion Administration (PHPA) at the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) since 2006. In 2012, the IDB and the CCC, along with a number of collaborating agencies within the Baltimore area began working to expand efforts toward integrated screening, referral network development, and capacity building for mental health, substance use, sexual health, and infectious disease prevention and treatment; this was referred to as the “No Wrong Door” (NWD) project. The “no wrong door” concept continues today as these efforts have helped to increase opportunities for individuals who are at risk or suffering from a mental illness, substance use disorder and/or HIV/AIDS to access and receive integrated treatment and care regardless of where they enter the public health system of care. The NWD project concluded in 2015, but the work of the IDB and CCC, along with the many collaborating partners continued with an expansion of this work.
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Taking these same concepts from NWD, the IDB and CCC have continued to focus on critical areas of need in Maryland. Currently, the CCC is focusing on two primary areas across Maryland: 1) Integrative Screening as a part of Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and Syringe Service Program (SSP) delivery. The CCC will train and provide capacity building assistance to PrEP and SSP staff to be able to implement screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) using the No Wrong Door Integrative Screener. 2) Delivering training and capacity building for risk-reduction practices for use in SSPs who are working as a part of the statewide opioid response effort. Here, the Stages of Change, from the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change, and Harm Reduction principles will be used as a part of program service delivery. Together, these efforts will enhance the services delivered by providers in settings where PrEP and SSP are available.