• Journal Article

The Cost of Screening and Brief Intervention in Employee Assistance Programs

Citation

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

Abstract

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