Below are early identification programs and approaches that have been researched for their effectiveness.

Screening | Brief Intervention | Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

The New Hampshire Youth SBIRT Initiative of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is supported in partnership with the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. This Initiative addresses a primary goal of the statewide strategic plan developed by the Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Other Drugs: Collective Action – Collective Impact.

This strategic plan calls for the implementation of SBIRT in primary care throughout New Hampshire as an effective prevention, intervention and public health strategy. This vanguard Initiative is a timely response to the changing healthcare environment offering a mechanism for aligning healthcare and public health systems throughout the state. The Foundations are committed to moving forward on youth prevention and intervention as a means to address root causes, avert the harmful lifetime consequences of substance misuse and addiction, and positively impact public health. More information on the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s national SBIRT strategy can be found on their website at

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Court Diversion

  • Court Diversion interventions were initiated in the 1980’s by a group of stakeholders and professionals who wanted to develop more effective ways to deal with low-risk juvenile offenders for whom court may not be an appropriate consequence and for whom education, community service opportunities and mentoring would be beneficial in place of court sanctions. Intervention trials that used court diversion strategies that combine education, counseling and aftercare have reportedly reduced recidivism by up to 50% and have significantly decreased the number of binge drinking episodes and drinks consumed per week.
  • Juvenile Diversion in New Hampshire: A Handbook for Communities is a handbook designed to assist NH communities in the development of diversion programs as alternatives to juvenile court processing for youth.


  • The Project SUCCESS program has been endorsed by the National Registry of Evidenced-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP) and has been a preferred approach to Student Assistance programs.

Resident Education & Assistance Program

  • The Resident Education and Assistance Program (REAP) provides free prevention education and related services including confidential counseling services to help older adults understand and deal with life changes, and to address problems related to medication misuse, alcohol or depression.

Other Early Identification Resources