Substance Abuse Services

Bridge to Recovery (SBIRT) Model

Screening: The initial screening tool will be the Alcohol, Smoking, and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST) and/or the Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test-Geriatric version (MAST-G; for use with adults and 55 or older).

Brief Intervention Services: Services are based upon the results of the screening and focus on increasing insight and awareness regarding substance use and motivation toward behavioral change.

Referrals: Staff ensures that the appropriate referrals to treatment are provided to those identified as needing more extensive treatment with access to specialty care or other resources. Some examples include referrals for:

  • Substance abuse treatment and/or co-occurring disorder treatment: detoxification, residential, intensive outpatient, group therapy, and individual therapy
  • Assistance with housing: shelters, SRO, sober living, and Housing Commission
  • TAY and older adult populations
  • Assistance with financial needs: General Relief, SDI, SSI, unemployment, and vocational rehabilitation
  • Assistance with food: food banks and food stamps
  • Assistance with mental health needs: mental health clinics, psychiatrists, and psychotherapists
  • Assistance with social support: NA/AA/DDA/Smart Recovery and Rational Recovery meetings, CODA, Clubhouses, and other support groups
  • Assistance with legal issues through Legal Aid Society
  • Assistance with family concerns: counseling services, Al-Anon meetings, NAMI meetings, psycho-education, and psychotherapy
  • Referrals for medical care, dental care, TB, HIV, and STD testing
  • Referrals to the Domestic Violence Hotline to facilitate resources such as shelters and safety plans
  • Referrals to 211 line for additional assistance

Case Management and Brief Treatment Services: Staff provides brief intensive case management support for up to 90 days and utilizes various means to successfully resolve immediate life crisis issues or link clients to needed counseling, health, legal, or benefit resources. The case management services focus on individual, family, and community strengths to both minimize risk and foster resilience.

We attend to both immediate needs, as well as long-term solutions. A cornerstone of case management is the connection to community resources to bridge client needs with community-based support.

Our community goals include:

  • Enhancing developmental, problem-solving, and coping skills of clients
  • Optimizing client functioning by providing quality services to individuals with multiple, complex needs
  • Creating and promoting the effective and humane operation of systems that provide resources and services to individuals
  • Linking individuals with systems that provide them with resources, services, and opportunities

Case Management and Brief Treatment Services include:

  • Engagement: This is key to facilitating an effective relationship. This will be accomplished utilizing motivational interviewing strategies that focus on each individual’s stage of change.
  • Brief Treatment: This will include a brief assessment, outlining immediate goals, and creating a crisis recovery plan.
  • Psycho-education and Group Support: Clients are encouraged to attend educational and brief intervention groups that will help them stabilize, resolve current crises, improve coping skills, maintain or work towards sobriety, and build motivation for change.
  • Self-Help Groups: Involvement in self help groups will be encouraged when appropriate as an important means of support.
  • Ongoing Assessment of Substance Abuse and Other Mental Health Disorders: Licensed staff oversee diagnostic interviews to better determine the level of treatment and services that are needed.

More Information

To find out more information about the UC San Diego Bridge to Recovery Program, please call 619-542-4166.

Bridge to Recovery Program
3851 Rosecrans Street
San Diego, CA 92110
Fax: 619-542-4168