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The Cost of Screening and Brief Intervention in Employee Assistance Programs

Few studies examine the costs of conducting screening and brief intervention (SBI) in settings outside health care. This study addresses this gap in knowledge by examining the employer-incurred costs of SBI in an employee assistance program (EAP) when delivered by counselors. Screening was self-administered as part of the intake paperwork, and the brief intervention (BI) was delivered during a regular counseling session. Training costs were $83 per counselor. The cost of a screen to the employer was $0.64; most of this cost comprised the cost of the time the client spent completing the screen. The cost of a BI was $2.52. The cost of SBI is lower than cost estimates of SBI conducted in a health care setting. The low costs for the current study suggest that only modest gains in outcomes would likely be needed to justify delivering SBI in an EAP setting

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Cowell, A., Bray, J., & Hinde, J. (2012). The Cost of Screening and Brief Intervention in Employee Assistance Programs. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, 39(1), 55-67. DOI: 10.1007/s11414-011-9253-z

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