Purpose

UWM’s Brief Alcohol & Other Drug Screening & Intervention Programs offer students the opportunity to examine their use of and experiences with alcohol and/or other drugs in a nonjudgmental and confidential setting. Offered by the Norris Health Center Office of Health Promotion & Wellness, the goal is to help students make substance use decisions that result in fewer negative consequences.

Programs Offered – BASICS I and BASICS II

BASICS I. Brief Alcohol and other drug Screening & Intervention for College Students – Level 1 includes a two-hour group session plus a one-hour individual session with a trained graduate student facilitator. Students are provided with personalized feedback about their substance use and individual risk factors based on information shared by the student through discussion, reflection, and survey questions. A range of options about ways to reduce risks for harm will be explored and a plan that aligns with the student’s interests will be made. It is up to the student to decide what to do with the information. If indicated, efforts are made to connect students with additional on- or off-campus resources for additional support. The program does not provide a diagnosis of substance abuse or dependence.

BASICS II. Brief Alcohol and other drug Screening & Intervention for College Students – Level 2 includes two to three one-hour individual sessions with the Campus Alcohol & Other Drug Coordinator. BASICS I is a prerequisite* and is used as a foundation from which the student will engage in further examination of their use of and experiences with alcohol or other drugs within the context of personal goals and values. Students will be asked to commit to experiential learning activities and to debrief those experiences. Motivation for change will be explored and a plan for reducing risks will be developed accordingly. If indicated, efforts are made to connect students with additional on- or off-campus resources for additional support. The program does not provide a diagnosis of substance abuse or dependence.

* Prerequisite is waived for students who are voluntarily participating.

Eligibility

Current UW Milwaukee students are eligible to participate. Students may be self-referred or referred by a counselor, faculty or other concerned persons. Students may be mandated/required to participate by University Housing, the Dean of Students Office, other University administrators or a municipal court. For students who are 17 years old or younger, a signed parental consent form is required prior to participation.

Fees

For students mandated/required to participate (for example, by the University or a court/judge), a non-refundable program fee will be placed on the student’s PAWS account.

Effective July 1, 2015, program fees for students who are mandated to participate are:
BASICS I  $65.00
BASICS II  $130.00

There is no fee for UWM students who participate voluntarily (not mandated). Voluntary students do not receive any form of verification/proof of their participation.

Sign Up

Register for BASICS I or BASICS II 

For more information, contact Health Promotion & Wellness at 414-229-3712 or aodresources@uwm.edu.