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Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Resources

A collection of resources curated for psychiatric-mental health nurses: From toolkits to graduate school listings, the APNA Resource Center is your first access point for information on topics across the spectrum of psychiatric-mental health nursing.

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Practice-Based Guidelines: Buprenorphine in the Age of Fentanyl

May 2023 guidance from Providers Clinical Support System (pdf download)
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VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Substance Use Disorder

The 2015 guideline provides clear and comprehensive evidence based recommendations incorporating current information and practices for practitioners throughout the DoD and VA Health Care systems.
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SBIRT Pocket Card for Nurses

From APNA and Opioid Response Network - Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Pocket Card for nurses. Share with your nursing colleagues!
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SBIRT Fact Sheet for Medicare and Medicaid

March 2020 CMS fact sheet provides an overview of Medicare and Medicaid coverage of SBIRT services: who may perform the services, documentation requirements, billing and coding guidance, payment information, and
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ASSIST, Version 3.0

World Health Organization Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST) includes questionnaire for clinician, patient response card, patient feedback card, and risks of injecting card. (pdf)
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General Principles for Use of Pharmacological Agents to Treat Individuals with Co-Occurring Mental and Substance Use Disorders

SAMHSA 2012 manual with general principles to assist in the planning, delivery, and evaluation of pharmacologic approaches to support the recovery of individuals with co-occurring disorders.
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APNA Position Paper: Adoption of SBIRT

APNA position statement supporting the adoption of SBIRT into all clinical settings. The competencies and scope of practice of psychiatric-mental health nurses position them well to use and teach
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Substance Abuse and the Emergency Care Setting

Emergency Nurses Association's 2016 position statement regarding substance abuse in the emergency care setting.
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Carlat Addiction Treatment Report

Free articles discussing clinically relevant elements of treatment for addictions.
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Tobacco, Alcohol, Prescription medication, and other Substance use Tool

The Tobacco, Alcohol, Prescription medication, and other Substance Use (TAPS) Tool is validated for use with adults to generate a risk level for each substance class. It can be self-
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NIDA Screening Tools for Adolescent Substance Use

Two brief online screening tools that providers can use to assess for substance use disorder (SUD) risk among adolescents 12-17 years old.
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Clinical Guidelines for the Use of Buprenorphine in the Treatment of Opioid Addiction – Appendix B Assessment and Screening Instruments

A variety of drug and alcohol assessment and screening instruments from the National Center for Biotechnology Information.