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Substance use, depression, and anxiety are increasing among primary care patients due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet many primary care providers lack the time, interest, and/training to address these behavioral health issues. In this session, we’ll discuss expanding the health care team with low-cost team members who can systematically deliver Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) to screen for substance use, and a collaborative care model for depression and anxiety.  

Speaker: 

Richard BrownRichard L. Brown , MD, MPH, is a highly experienced family physician and healthcare leader who is a nationally recognized leader in implementing the "Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment" (SBIRT) program focused on preventing problematic use, abuse and dependence of alcohol and illicit drugs. Dr. Brown has served as a practice-transformation team member for an SBIRT-related project administered by the National Council on Behavioral Health and funded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. 

Most recently, Dr. Brown served as a market medical director for ConcertoHealth. Previous to that he as professor of Family Medicine and director of the Wisconsin Initiative to Promote Healthy Lifestyles, at the School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison; and CEO and Chief Medical Officer for Wellsys, LLC.

Among his many accolades, Dr. Brown is a recipient of several awards including the Hope in Healing Award from the Addiction Resource Council of Waukesha, Wis. He holds a bachelor's degree in biology from Brown University in Providence, R.I., where he also received his M.D. degree. He also earned an M.P.H. degree from the University of Washington, in Seattle, Wash. 

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