Cannabis Use Disorder Screening Tools & Referral Resource for Primary Care Providers

Posted Thursday September 26, 2019

Posted By: Jeffery Satchwill

Category: General

These tools can detect substance use and related problems in primary care settings:

Montfort Renaissance’s Service Access to Recovery

This bilingual service is a starting point for patients 16 years and older who are concerned about their substance use and want to understand and discuss treatment options. You may know it as its former name Ottawa Addictions Access and Referral Services (OAARS).

What can patients expect when they contact Service Access to Recovery?

  • Triage: patients first call (613-241-5202) to speak to the triage navigator. During that phone conversation the navigator will ask screening questions and may triage certain clients toward immediate support. The triage navigator will also schedule an assessment appointment to be conducted.
  • Assessment Visit: questionnaires are used as assessment tools to gather information about the patient’s substance use, mental health and general health. This information helps decide what services are needed.
  • Evaluation and Referral: after the assessment is completed, the navigator will submit a referral to the treatment programs that best suit the patient’s situation.

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Lyne Gillespie, RN, BScN
Public Health Nurse
Substance Use
Ottawa Public Health

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