Substance Abuse Resources & Disability Issues

Josephine F. Wilson, D.D.S., Ph.D., Director

Welcome

The SARDI Program seeks to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities, including those who are concurrently affected by behavioral health issues. The SARDI Program achieves its objective by conducting collaborative and participatory research; developing intervention approaches and training; and disseminating related information.


The SARDI Program has several areas of inquiry and service.

  • Brothers to Brothers/Sisters to Sisters (BB/SS) 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.
  • The Consumer Advocacy Model (CAM) is a community-based, outpatient assessment and treatment service offered to those with alcohol, drug, and mental health needs. It was specifically established to assist people with disabilities.
  • Deaf off Drugs and Alcohol (DODA) 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.
  • Minority Student Enhancement Program (MSEP) is linked with the RRTC on "Substance Abuse, Disability, and Employment." The MSEP was developed to provide research and professional rehabilitation skills to African-American students and faculty from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).
  • The Mt. Olive One-Stop Center 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.
  • Prevention for Alternative Learning Styles (PALS) 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.
  • 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 is a SAMHSA-funded substance use and HIV prevention program serving adult African-American women living in Dayton, Ohio’s public housing neighborhoods. Sisterline delivers the evidence-based SISTA group intervention (Sisters Informing Sisters about Topics on AIDS) to target HIV risk perception and condom negotiation skills and provides up to four weeks of individual motivational interviewing services to develop goal-setting skills and address substance use/abuse.
  • Sisters Empowered Sisters Aware (SESA) is designed to utilize unique strategies to identify high-risk heterosexual African American women age 18 and older who live in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, with undiagnosed HIV infection and link them to medical care and prevention services.
  • The Tobacco Education and Prevention Program (TEPP) is designed to address the issue of nicotine addiction within alcohol and drug treatment programs. Approximately 90% or more of all consumers entering AOD treatment are nicotine dependent. The goal of TEPP is to provide smoking prevention and interventions within AOD treatment programs. Through brief interventions, consumers learn about the hazards of tobacco products, their link with addiction, and methods for quitting tobacco use.