SUD Series Session 2: Screening for Substance Use: Integrated care opens the door to a life-changing discussion_Enduring

This is the second session in a five-part SUD series.
The purpose of this presentation is to enhance attendees’ basic knowledge of substance use screening instruments; increase screening rates among UPMC Health Plan staff; and deepen attendees‘ understanding in the importance of screening in integrated physical and behavioral healthcare.

There is no educational content to this course. This course is designed to supplement training that has already occurred. This course is designed to only administer the post-test and collect CME evaluations.

Target Audience

Nurses, Social Workers, Health Coaches, Registered Dieticians, and Paramedics / EMTs

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
  • Describe the current state of substance use disorders and the importance of early identification.
  • Identify the most common substance use screening instruments available.
  • Recognize the importance of integrated physical and behavioral health care and the consequences of not taking an integrated approach.
  • Differentiate among members who could benefit from routine screening and those who need more frequent and comprehensive screening.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 1.00 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
UPMC HR Direct for the UPMC Health Plan
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
United States

Course content located on HR Direct Learning platform. There is no educational content to this course. This course is designed to only administer the post-test and collect CME evaluations.

Cara Renzelli, PhD, MBA
Clinical Director, Substance Use Services with UPMC Health Plan
Dr. Renzelli is deeply passionate about improving the systems which impact some of society’s most vulnerable populations, she has spent 28 years working in the research and treatment of substance use disorders.  Prior to joining the Health Plan, she spent nearly a decade as a co-investigator in a federally-funded research center on adolescents and alcohol use disorders, followed by serving as a member of the executive leadership team of one of Pennsylvania’s best known treatment organizations.  Dr. Renzelli’s professional interests include the implementation of modern harm reduction tactics into legacy treatment approaches, addressing healthcare disparities in difficult to reach populations, and the broad categories of organizational change management and strategy.  She holds a master's degree in Counselor Education from Duquesne University, and an MSW and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work.  Most recently, Dr. Renzelli earned her MBA from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. 
Cami Hineman, RN
Senior Behavioral Health Coach, UPMC Health Plan
Cami has spent over a decade building clinical expertise in substance use disorders and mental health.  During her five years with the Health Plan, she has collaborated with medical health management in implementing strategies to better connect behavioral health and physical health coaching programs through data-driven approaches to discharge monitoring and care coordination.  Her current areas of focus within the Behavioral Integration department are substance use disorders, anxiety, and depression for our members with new or existing medical needs and behavioral health pain management. Prior to joining the health plan, she worked as a community health nurse on a Forensic Assertive treatment team and worked with the local community to improve health outcomes for those with severe mental illness (SMI).  Cami has trained residents at a local family practice on the importance of addressing the whole person, including basic physical health screenings; interventions specific to the SMI population; and insights into the needs of those with mental illness to facilitate appropriate and compassionate care.  Additionally, she has worked directly with patients within multiple levels of care for the treatment of substance use disorders and behavioral health needs.  She is a 2011 graduate of the Community College of Beaver County with an Associate Degree in Applied Science of Nursing and she holds a license as a registered nurse. 
Planning Committee
Michelle Schreiber, MSN, RN, CCM
Clinical Education Coordinator, Clinical Training & Education, UPMC Health Plan
Michele Gordon, PhD, LSW
Program Manager, Clinical Training & Education, UPMC Health Plan
Conflict of Interest Disclosure
No planners, members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Disclaimer Statement
The information presented at this CME program represents the views and opinions of the individual presenters, and does not constitute the opinion or endorsement of, or promotion by, the UPMC Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences, UPMC / University of Pittsburgh Medical Center or Affiliates and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  Reasonable efforts have been taken intending for educational subject matter to be presented in a balanced, unbiased fashion and in compliance with regulatory requirements. However, each program attendee must always use his/her own personal and professional judgment when considering further application of this information, particularly as it may relate to patient diagnostic or treatment decisions including, without limitation, FDA-approved uses and any off-label uses.
In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Nursing (CNE)
The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 1.0 contact hours.
Other Healthcare Professionals
Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 1.00 Attendance
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