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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.

Initial Training and Technical Assistance

Initial training is $4,500 per day, which includes trainer costs and travel. A 2-day training is standard to train BASICS facilitators. A 3-day training is required if a college wants to license a staff person who can train others in the BASICS program.

Curriculum and Materials

$100 - $200 to print handouts and slides.


  • $1,000 one time licensing fee for the BASICS Delivery Protocol.
  • $1,000 one time licensing fee for use of BASICS 2-Day Workshop Curriculum by staff who attend a 3-day training and train others.
  • $1,000 - $10,000 annual license fee for on-line assessment and feedback application that is necessary to deliver the intervention (costs range depending on the vendor and number of students served by the program).

Other Start-Up Costs

The costs of staff time while attending a one or two-day training.

Ongoing Curriculum and Materials

Annual materials range from $100-200 for duplication costs, as well as $250 per 200 for BAC cards.


Qualifications: No specific requirements regarding qualifications. Program is delivered by staff at college health centers with varying professional backgrounds including graduate assistants in counseling, clinical psychology and clinical social work; health educators; chemical dependency professionals; and professional staff who are clinical or counseling psychologists or clinical social workers.

Ratios: One to one intervention.

Time to Deliver Intervention: Intervention is delivered in two interview sessions (1-1.5 hours each) scheduled over a three-month period.

Ongoing Training and Technical Assistance

Ongoing technical assistance is not required, however consultation is available as needed at a cost of $3,000 per day for on-site technical assistance.

Fidelity Monitoring and Evaluation


Ongoing License Fees


Other Implementation Support and Fidelity Monitoring Costs


Costs for BASICS can vary significantly depending on the staffing model colleges elect to use. Some colleges train existing health educators or counselors at their health centers to deliver BASICS to students exhibiting alcohol related risk factors, and those staff continue to also provide other counseling and health services. Other large universities have established dedicated BASICS educator positions. The appropriate model will depend on the size of the at-risk population and the dollars available to support the program.

Year One Cost Example

The following example is for a school that trains 4 staff to provide the BASICS intervention and serves 400 students in a year:

Initial On-Site Training for 4 (including travel)
Materials ($150 in printing + $500 for BAC cards)
Licensing (for BASICS manual and train the trainer)
Licensing (for on-line assessment)
Staff - 2.5 FTE Grad Assistants
Staff - 2.5 FTE Masters Level Counselors

Total Year One Cost

With 400 students receiving the intervention, the cost per student would be $288.