SMART Choices Final Meeting-8-10-2020


Education and Consultative Services of UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital
 UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh-Community Based Services

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 
Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences


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SMART Choices

Learning Collaborative 

 Final Meeting




Monday, August 10, 2020


8:45 AM to 12:15 PM


ZOOM Meeting Sign-In – 8:30 to 8:45 AM


Zoom Live Streaming Event

(Details will be sent to registered
participants prior to the event)



Course Director

Abigail Schlesinger, MD




UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh has been selected by Pennsylvania state officials to increase access to Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for adolescents across Pennsylvania.


SMART Choices is a Learning Collaborative designed to train primary care and behavioral health providers to screen adolescents for substance use and provide appropriate interventions.  Validated screening tools are used to determine the adolescent’s frequency of substance use and probability of developing a substance use disorder (SUD). SMART Choices Learning Collaborative participants are trained to provide brief advice or brief intervention, when indicated, and to provide referrals to adolescents who need specialty substance use treatment.


The SMART Choices Learning Collaborative is one year in length and requires each participating practice to self-identify a Quality Improvement Team (QIT).  QIT members participate in three in-person trainings and one group phone call per month. QITs complete Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycles monthly and review their progress during the group phone calls.  Certified SBIRT trainers facilitate each call and provide support to the QITs.


Who Should Attend

Representatives from each QIT should attend this training. 
QITs should include a variety of disciplines, such as Pediatric Primary Care Physicians, Family Practice Physicians or Advanced Practice Providers (PA, DNP, CRNP), Behavioral Health Therapists, Registered Nurses, Practice/Office Managers, and Quality Improvement Specialists.  If you have any questions, please contact Shannon Meyers (Mikita), RN at 412-585-4276.

There are no fees to attend or to receive continuing education credits, however registration is required.


For additional information, please click here for a copy of the full brochure. You will then be able to return to this site to register. 


Please contact Shannon Meyers (Mikita), RN at [email protected] for additional information about 
SMART Choices.

Registration Instructions:


1.  Click on ‘Register Now’ (small box at bottom of page). You’ll need to scroll all the way down.

2.  If "SMART Choices Final..." appears under ‘Shopping Cart’, click on ‘Checkout’ (think of this as ‘continue’).

3.  Register as a new registrant or sign in if you already have an account (username is your e-mail). You do not have to answer questions about your health insurance or due date!

4.  When the conference name appears again, click on ‘Checkout’ (again, think of this as ‘continue’)

5.  Continuing Education Credit – Please use drop-down list for credential or choose Not Applicable (you must complete this or click on N/A). Click on ‘continue’.

8.  Complete Transaction and print your receipt.


Please contact Nancy Mundy at [email protected] if you have difficulties with registering.


Registration Includes:

  • All registration and conference materials
  • Continuing Education Credits and Continuing Medical Credits


Details to access the meeting will be sent to registered participants one day prior to the event.


We encourage participation by all individuals.  If you have a disability or require special accommodations, advance notification of any special needs will help us better serve you.  Please notify us of your needs at least two weeks in advance of the program by contacting Nancy Mundy at [email protected]

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