Making Over Substance Abuse Interventions on Campus: The MOSAIC Project

Steven Martin, Principal Investigator
Nancy Nutt Chase (Wellspring Office), Principal Investigator

Initiated: 2007

Funding Source: U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Project Summary:

During the 2007-2008 academic year, the Office of Judicial Affairs and Wellspring identified a group of students who violated the University’s Alcohol Policy but did not meet the criteria for counseling and/or an educational intervention. Clients came from three areas: 1) judicial referrals; 2) outreach to Greeks and athletes; and 3) open assessments. The offices agreed that a brief intervention would serve as an appropriate means of exploring the drinking patterns of these students along with an opportunity to discuss the benefits of modifying their drinking behavior. These brief interventions consisted of an hour-long information session about the risks of using alcohol and provided resources for students regarding alcohol use and abuse. Students were interviewed at the time of the brief intervention regarding alcohol and drug use, family and living situation, mental health issues, and criminal behavior. Students were also encouraged to participate in a 6-month follow-up survey.