Screening for Substance Use: Integrated care opens the door to a life-changing discussion

Pittsburgh, PA US
September 29, 2022

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.

Target Audience

RNs / SW / Health Coaches / Dieticians/ Paramedics / EMTs

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the current state of substance use disorders and the importance of early identification.
  2. Identify the most common substance use screening instruments available.
  3. Recognize the importance of integrated physical and behavioral health care and the consequences of not taking an integrated approach.
  4. 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: 
Event starts: 
09/29/2022 - 9:00am EDT
Event ends: 
09/29/2022 - 10:00am EDT

Program begins at  9:00am and adjourns at 10:00am  Total Education Time:   1 Hour




Present current state of substance use disorders and of the importance of early identification using the most common screening instruments available
Cara Renzelli, PhD, MBA
Cami Hineman, RN
Discuss the importance of integrated physical and behavioral health care and consequences when an integrated approach is not utilized
Cara Renzelli, PhD, MBA
Cami Hineman, RN
Discuss best practice relative to screening needs when working with members
Cara Renzelli, PhD, MBA
Cami Hineman, RN
UPMC Health Plan
600 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
United States
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. 

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In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

CCM CE will be provided:  1 CE  - CCM COA will be sent via email from UPMC Health Plan nurse planner approximately 6-8 weeks following the live date of the course.

This activity is eligible for endorsed credit for UPMC Health Plan EMTs and Paramedics.  Complete ETHOS course work, obtain the attendance certificate, and submit to EMS governing body for 1 CE credit(s).

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, University of Pittsburgh is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. University of Pittsburgh maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1 continuing education credits.

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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