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Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS)

Blueprints Program Rating: Model

A brief motivational intervention for high-risk college students that uses alcohol screening and feedback to reduce problem drinking, excessive drinking, and binge drinking by enhancing motivation to change, promoting healthier choices, reviewing myths and facts about alcohol, and teaching coping skills to moderate drinking.

Sustaining BASICS over time generally requires a commitment on the part of Institutions of Higher Education to allocate resources for BASICS within their core budget. This can mean training existing health center staff to deliver BASICS to students. Schools have also used fee for service structures, particularly for students who are mandated to participate in the intervention because of alcohol-related infractions on campus. Finally, federal discretionary grants focused on substance abuse prevention and higher education can help to defray the cost of initial training and curricula for the program.

Improving the Use of Existing Public Funds

The biggest ongoing cost of the program is staff time to deliver the intervention. College health centers can train existing staff to utilize BASICS to ensure that existing staff time is being used most effectively to address alcohol risks among students.

Allocating State or Local General Funds

State funds, most typically from college budgets, can be allocated to purchase the initial training and curriculum, as well as to pay staff to deliver the intervention. In addition, state funding streams dedicated to substance abuse prevention can support the program.

Maximizing Federal Funds

Formula Funds: The Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SAPTBG) can fund a variety of substance abuse prevention and intervention activities and is a potential source of support for BASICS, depending on the priorities of the state administering agency.

Discretionary Grants: There are relevant federal discretionary grants administered by the NIH National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), SAMHSA, and the Department of Education.

Foundation Grants and Public-Private Partnerships

Foundation grants can be solicited to pay for initial training. Foundations interested in education and substance abuse prevention programs should be identified.

Generating New Revenue

Some colleges utilize fee for service models to support the program, especially those colleges that mandate participation in BASICS for students who have an alcohol-related incident on campus.

All information comes from the responses to a questionnaire submitted by the purveyor of the program, George A. Parks, Ph.D., Caring Communication, formerly Director of Program Dissemination and Training at the Addictive Behaviors Research Center, University of Washington, to the Annie E. Casey Foundation.