UWM’s Brief Alcohol & Other Drug Screening & Intervention Programs offer students the opportunity to explore 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 an initial 90-minute session plus a one-hour follow-up session with a trained 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 can be made to align with the student’s interests and choices. Efforts are made to connect students with on- or off-campus resources for additional support when needed. 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 75-minute 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 exploration of their use of and experiences with alcohol or other drugs within the context of personal goals and values. Students will be asked to participate in experiential learning activities and to debrief those experiences. Motivation for change will be explored and a plan for reducing risks will be developed accordingly. Efforts are made to connect students with on- or off-campus resources for additional support when needed. The program does not provide a diagnosis of substance abuse or dependence.
* Prerequisite is waived for students who are voluntarily participating.
Current UW Milwaukee students are eligible to participate. For students who are 17 years old or younger, a signed parental consent form is required prior to participation.
For students mandated/required to participate (for example, by the University or a court/judge) or who require proof of program completion, a non-refundable program fee will be placed on the student’s PAWS account. BASICS I is $65.00 and BASICS II is $130.00. An exception is made for students who are assigned BASICS by UWM through the medical or victim assistance policy.
There is no fee for UWM students who participate voluntarily (not mandated). Voluntary students do not receive any form of verification/proof of completion of the program.
Register for BASICS I or BASICS II READ THE FOLLOWING BEFORE REGISTERING!!!
Important! Non-refundable charges are billed for students who enroll due to a UWM sanction or court order. To avoid unnecessary charges to your PAWS account, double-check the letter/email from your referrer BEFORE registering to verify that BASICS is required and if so, the appropriate level (I or II). If you plan to appeal your referrer’s decision, do NOT register for BASICS until the appeal process is complete. If you are at all uncertain about a mandate, contact your referrer before registering.
If you are registering under the medical or victim assistance policy, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request registration. Do not use the online registration form.
For question about the program or registering, contact Health Promotion & Wellness at email@example.com.