Archived Grand Rounds Web Cast
A Leap Year for Screening and Brief Intervention
Dr. Bertha Madras
Deputy Director for Demand Reduction
Office of National Drug Control Policy
- To learn of the public health challenges presented by substance abuse
- To learn of the potential of screening, brief intervention in reducing this public health burden
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Bertha K. Madras, PhD, was nominated by President George W. Bush in July, 2005 to serve as Deputy Director for Demand Reduction in the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the United States Senate unanimously confirmed her nomination in 2006. Dr. Madras is focused on strategies, programs, and policies aimed at reducing the demand for illicit drugs and promoting best practices for intervention and treatment.
During her first year in this Administration, Dr. Madras promoted implementation of screening and brief intervention procedures (SBI) in healthcare centers throughout our nation, as a public health response to reducing substance abuse and its adverse medical and social consequences. Working closely with several medical organizations, she gained strong support for SBI programs and dissemination. Simultaneously, ONDCP encouraged the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services and the American Medical Association CPT® board to adopt new procedural reimbursable codes for widespread substance abuse screening and brief interventions (SBI) in healthcare settings, which were adopted in 2007.
She has promoted effective forms of prevention and deterrence, including biometric testing in schools, in the work-place, and expansion of treatment access, via drug courts and the Access to Recovery program. In resonance with her background, she has encouraged evidence-based treatment programs and has advocated for publication of effective government programs to encourage best practices.
Dr. Madras received a BSc (honors biochemistry) and a Ph.D. from McGill University and conducted post-doctoral research at MIT.