Happy holidays from IRETA! Our staff and Board of Directors wish you the best and we’ll see you in the new year.    

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Download our new case studies to learn how organizations are using SBIRT in the real world Editor’s note: SBIRT stands for Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment. Learn more about it here. SBIRT to address risky alcohol use is as effective and cost-effective as a flu shot, but it’s not nearly so widespread. This […]

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SBIRT pushes healthcare integration, heightens awareness of behavioral health problems Editor’s note: SBIRT stands for Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment. Learn more about it here. We’ve featured the work of Dr. Ron Dwinnells at the federally-qualified health center ONE Health Ohio before. A couple years ago, we wrote about ONE Health Ohio’s partnership […]

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A Message from IRETA’s Board Chair I generally do not find it difficult to remain focused on IRETA’s core mission. Unhealthy substance use and addiction do not fall off my radar; I see their effects all around me. But on two specific occasions during the last year, I had the opportunity to connect deeply with […]

Renewal Recidivism Infographic 8.27.14

IRETA recently completed a program evaluation of the Level 3C Residential Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program at Renewal, Inc. Located here in Pittsburgh, Renewal, Inc. is a nonprofit that provides alternative housing and community corrections services for individuals in Allegheny County, State of Pennsylvania, and Federal justice systems. The main question the program evaluation sought to answer was […]


Tracking progress on our home state’s efforts to modernize our PDMP On October 27, Pennsylvania passed a law that will modernize our prescription drug monitoring program and undoubtedly save lives. However, implementation will be even more complex than the lengthy legislative process we’ve already seen. We’ll continue to share information about our PDMP as the […]

Credit: Arvind Grover

“You were the first-ever president of the student recovery group at Penn State University,” I said to a woman I’ll call Sarah. “That meant you were one of the first people to talk publicly about your own addiction in a university with almost 100,000 undergraduate students. And you were only 21 years old. How did that feel?” […]


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