TAPS Tobacco, Alcohol, Prescription medications and other Substance Use (TAPS)

Purpose: TAPS is a screening tool used to provide information about risk in multiple categories.

Description: TAPS is a brief, two-part screening for tobacco, alcohol use, prescription medication misuse and illicit substance use in the past year. Question 2 should be answered only by males and Question 3 only be females. It can be self-administered or administered through clinician interview.

CAGE Alcohol Abuse Screening Tool

Purpose: The CAGE is an alcohol screening tool used to help discuss a person’s alcohol use/abuse to determine if an alcohol use disorder exists.
Description: The CAGE is a 4-question screening tool. CAGE stands for Cut, Annoyed, Guilty, and Eye, based on the responses it can determine if a problem exists. A total of 2 or more positive answers indicates a positive history of alcohol abuse.

Opioid Risk Tool (ORT)

Purpose The ORT is a brief, self-reporting screening tool designed to assess risk for opioid abuse among individuals prescribed opioids for treatment of chronic pain

Description: This tool should be administered to patients upon an initial visit prior to beginning or continuing opioid therapy for pain management. A score of 2 or lower indicates low risk for future opioid use disorder; a score of >/= 3 indicates high risk for opioid use disorder.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD-7)

Purpose: GAD 7 measures or assesses the severity of generalized anxiety disorder.
Description: The Generalized Anxiety Disorder Assessment (GAD-7) is a seven-item instrument that is used to measure or assess the severity of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Each item asks the individual to rate the severity of his or her symptoms over the past two weeks.

the center of excellence for behavioral health in nursing facilities (COE-NF)

Established by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in partnership with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the COE-NF offers Certified Medicare and Medicaid Nursing Facility Staff a centralized resource hub with easy access to trainings, technical assistance and additional resources, at no cost.

What We Do

We help nursing facilities to improve the quality of life and care provided for residents who are experiencing a variety of behavioral health disorders, with a focus on Serious Mental Illness (SMI), Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and Co-Occurring Disorders (COD).

Who We Help

We provide direct technical assistance, evidence-based training, and resources that are appropriate for every member of your long-term care facility — from those providing day-to-day direct care, to clinical and administrative staff.