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Substance Abuse Resources & Disability Issues (SARDI)

Completed Projects

  • American Sign Language-Screeners, Tests, Assessments, and Resources (ASL-STAR): The ASL-STAR website provides 11 assessments and screeners all in American Sign Language (ASL) related to behavioral health and work-interest. Short training videos for each assessment and screener are available to the provider. There is no charge to use the assessments on the ASL-STAR website.
  • Brothers to Brothers/Sisters to Sisters (BB/SS): Brothers to Brothers/Sisters to Sisters is a collaborative project funded by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT/SAMHSA) that is responding to HIV and substance abuse risks for minority groups. In 2003, BB/SS brought together a coalition of substance abuse treatment providers, the county health department, an AIDS Service Organization, faith-based providers, homeless shelters, and other providers in order to increase access to substance abuse treatment, as well as increase access to HIV testing and education for minority residents of Montgomery County, especially African Americans.
  • Deaf off Drugs and Alcohol (DODA): Deaf off Drugs and Alcohol is a grant-funded project to improve alcohol and drug treatment services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. DODA counselors, case managers, and coordinators are all fluent in American Sign Language and knowledgeable about deaf culture.
  • e-CAM: The Consumer Advocacy Model (CAM) was an outpatient program that provided specialized services for individuals with substance use disorders and/or mental illness, especially those with co-occurring disabilities. Using technological enhancements through the e-CAM program, CAM utilized electronic resources to meet the needs of consumers and to help overcome barriers to accessibility.
  • Fifty-Plus Prevention Program (F3P): SARDI partnered with Public Health Dayton Montgomery County to create F3P to address the need for HIV prevention and testing services for African Americans age 50 years and older.
  • Healthy Brothers/Healthy Sisters (HBHS): The purpose of the HBHS project is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and/or HIV/AIDS among African American males and females, aged 18-24. HBHS provided the following services to the target population: educational sessions, substance use disorder, HIV, hepatitis, and sexually transmitted disease screenings, HIV rapid testing, substance abuse treatment/relapse prevention supported by contingency management, and strengths-based case management.
  • Integrated Continuum-of-Care Services (ICS): The purpose of the ICS project was to reduce the impact of substance abuse, mental health problems, and HIV among African Americans and other adults. The ICS project provided the following services: screening for substance abuse and mental health risk and referrals; educational sessions; HIV and hepatitis risk screenings; HIV and hepatitis C rapid testing; referral for hepatitis vaccinations; and referral for medical treatment for anyone testing positive for HIV or hepatitis.
  • Montgomery County Offender Reentry Program (MCORP): The purpose of the MCORP project was to reduce the impact of substance abuse and HIV among adults leaving incarceration with the overall goal of reducing recidivism. The MCORP project provided the following services: screening for substance abuse risk and referrals; educational sessions; HIV and hepatitis risk screenings; HIV and hepatitis C rapid testing; and referral for medical treatment for anyone testing positive for HIV or hepatitis.
  • Mt. Olive One-Stop Center: Mt. Olive One-Stop integrates three evidence-based practices with HIV and ancillary services to enhance substance abuse treatment and HIV/AIDS-related services to African-American adult men and women released from prison or jail within the past two years.
  • Ohio Disaster Response Project (ODRP): SARDI has partnered with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OMHAS), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and local addiction and mental health boards to evaluate ODRP, which employs services to help families and communities impacted by the 2019 Memorial Day tornadoes in the greater Dayton, Ohio area.
  • One-Stop to Wellness (Recovery Oriented Systems of Care) (ROSC): SARDI partnered with Consumer Advocacy Model, Samaritan Behavioral Health, and Mt. Olive Baptist Church to create the One-Stop to Wellness project, also known as ROSC. The purpose of the ROSC project was to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness among African American adults.
  • Prevention Through Alternative Learning Styles Program (PALS): The Prevention Through Alternative Learning Styles Program is an award-winning approach that modifies the traditional methods for providing alcohol and other drug abuse prevention to better accommodate all youth, including those with disabilities and varying learning styles.
  • Peer Movement Project (PMP): PMP was created by SARDI as a substance abuse and HIV prevention program targeting African American college students at three local universities, due to the disproportionate burden this population faces regarding HIV infection. PMP offers educational programs, HIV and hepatitis C testing, and access to safe sex information and products. PMP also has a peer support component and utilizes social media to support safe sex practices.
  • Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Drugs and Disability (RRTC): The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC), funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), enables SARDI to carry out advanced research projects and training efforts, as well as to provide technical assistance to individuals with disabilities and their representatives.
  • Sisterline 2: SARDI partnered with Premiere Housing and Mt. Olive Baptist Church for the Sisterline 2 project. The purpose of Sisterline 2 was to provide services that improve access to substance abuse treatment for African American women.
  • State Opioid Response (SOR): Through a partnership with OMHAS, SARDI serves as the evaluation team for the state-wide Ohio SOR project.  The purpose of SOR is to build a community system of care that emphasizes service integration between multiple healthcare systems, criminal justice, and child welfare for Ohioans with opioid use disorder or stimulant use disorder. SARDI provides technical assistance, data analysis, and reporting services to assist behavioral service providers in enhancing their services.
  • Virtual Office Space (VOS) Improving Employment Opportunities: VOS is a developmental prototype using virtual reality to meet the individualized needs of persons with albinism, targeting those who have visual impairments. This tool is designed to assist individuals with low vision to obtain or maintain employment in lucrative computer and IT occupations.
  • VR Online: VR counselors can attend online webinars on a variety of topics to earn CEUs credits to maintain their licenses and certifications.
Last edited on 11/06/2023.