Behavioral Health Resources, LLC 
Teamwork for Newsletter  

A newsletter about consulting for CARF-accredited organizations

September - October  2013
In This Issue
Abuse, Neglect, Trauma
The CARF Consulting Process
SASSI and the DSM-5
The ASAM Criteria
New Evidence Based Practice

CARF Accreditation

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CARF Standards for Abuse, Neglect, & Trauma Assessment        
As indicated in Section 2.B of the 2013 BH/CYS*/OTP Standards Manuals, the assessment process should gather and record information about the person's history of trauma that is experienced and witnessed and include abuse, neglect, violence, and sexual assault.  (*Standards in the CYS manual do not include sexual assault.) 
What constitutes an adequate basic trauma assessment?  A trauma history is more than basic questions such as, "Have you ever been emotionally, physically, or sexually abused?" 
Click here to read our feature article on this topic and to obtain a Trauma History Questionnaire that can be used during your assessment process.

The CARF Consulting Process    


Do you want to contract with a CARF Accreditation Consultant at Behavioral Health Resources, LLC

CARF  consultant, but not sure how to begin?  We often receive calls requesting consulting services, but the caller does not have a clear focus of what services are needed.



To help with this process, we've developed a list of questions that the consultant will ask during the initial phone call.  Click here  for more information. 

SASSI and the DSM-5

Now that the DSM-5 has been published, how do the changes in the DSM-5 impact substance use screening tools such as the Substance Abuse Subtle The SASSI Institute Screening Inventory (SASSI-3 and SASSI-A2)?   


For information from the

SASSI Institute about how the SASSI has been modified to incorporate changes in the DSM-5 regarding Substance Use Disorders, click here


Also included in that 4-page handout is an example of a completed adult profile with interpretation.  Some questions that are answered in the handout are:
  • Did any of the 9 rules or cut-off scores change on

    the updated profile sheets?

  • In addition to the profile sheets, were any of the other materials updated?
  • Do I need to purchase updated User Guides and Manuals?

(Note:  When you place an order on-line for these inventories, you'll automatically be sent the new DSM-5 compatible version of the tools.   You'll need to call the SASSI Institute directly if you'd like to order the former DSM-IV versions.)

The ASAM Criteria


The ASAM Criteria* will be published on October 14, 2013. 


The ASAM Criteria



As stated on the ASAM website: "Until October 31, 2013, pre-order the new edition of The ASAM Criteria and get free 90-day access to the beta enhanced web-based version when it releases alongside the book in fall 2013.  After the 90-day trial, two subscription add-ons will be available for purchase."   




*  This book replaces the former version of the book, ASAM Patient Placement Criteria, Second Edition, Revised (PPC-2R) which was published in 2001. 

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Interactive Journaling is a New Evidence Based Practice    


Interactive Journaling is a goal-directed, client-centered model that aims to reduce substance abuse and substance-related behaviors, such as recidivism, by guiding adults and youth with substance use disorders through a process of written self-reflection.   Click here to learn more.  (Many of the Interactive Journals used in substance use treatment are published by the Change Companies.)