Passport collaborates with other Safety Net Health Plans to help lower risk for Substance Use Disorders among youth

Passport Health Plan is one of seven Safety Net Health Plans from around the country that have committed to a joint three-year learning project that will help increase the identification of youth who are at risk for substance use disorders.

The project, led by the Center for Health Care Strategies in partnership with the Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP), will make extensive use of the SBIRT model, which stands for Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment.

SBIRT is an evidence-based approach for identifying patients who are at risk for abuse of alcohol and other drugs, and it is intended to identify not only patients who have substance use disorders but also those who are at high risk for developing such a disorder and reducing their level of risk.

The collaborative, made possible by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, consists of seven health plans, each of which will pilot an SBIRT training project aimed at raising the awareness of substance use disorders among youth, and fortify these providers’ abilities to screen, intervene, and refer to treatment as needed.

The project that Passport has developed for the effort involves expanding the number of adolescents screened annually for substance use disorder, since many teens begin experimenting with substances during adolescence. Passport will develop regional trainings for providers to teach them how to implement SBIRT, and will also develop webinars for providers to complete training in their home communities, complete with continuing education for providers who participate in the training. Passport will also work with our providers to break down any barriers to coordinating care for our members who endorse positive symptoms.

“Passport recognizes that substance use disorders are a huge public health crisis in the Commonwealth,” said Elizabeth W. McKune, Ed.D., Director of Behavioral Health for Passport Health Plan. “We are working closely with our providers and the Kentucky Department of Medicaid Services to increase the number of adolescents screened for potential problems with substances and teach them where they can go should they begin having problems with substances in the future.”

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Oral health project aims to screen thousands of Kentucky children to help improve quality of care

Insider Louisville LogoKids with good oral health are likely to do better in school than those with bad oral health. Few would dispute that statement, or argue with the fact that a child with a toothache will struggle to concentrate on their studies.

That’s why a new initiative designed to measure oral health is so important for Kentucky educators, according to a Passport-sponsored article on Insider Louisville.

The statewide oral health surveillance project launched late last year will screen approximately 6,000 third- and sixth-graders in 60 counties across the Commonwealth, providing essential data for assessing the oral health of Kentucky’s youth.

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Passport sponsors event to celebrate 51 years of St. George’s Scholar Institute youth programs

St. George’s Scholar Institute has announced that they will host the “51st Anniversary Celebration of Success Event” to celebrate 51 years of youth programming in the Parkland, Park-hill, and California neighborhoods of West Louisville from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30.

During the event – which is sponsored by Passport, US Bank, PNC Bank, Transit Authority of River City, and others – guests will hear from St. George’s Scholar Institute Executive Director Arthur Cox and current St. George’s Community Center youth while dining on a delicious breakfast and raffling on multiple gift baskets.

Founded in 1964, St. George’s Scholar Institute offers after-school programs designed to prepare West Louisville youth in grades 4-12 for college and post-secondary endeavors. Its mission is to launch youth into flights of self-discovery by impacting their lives for the benefit of the community. Today, SGSI thrives as one of the premier youth-development agencies in west Louisville. Its programming has transformed the center from a “recreational hangout,” where youngsters come for basketball and talent shows, into a thriving and educational environment for the youth of surrounding neighborhoods.

The event will be held at The Brown Hotel Crystal Ballroom, 335 West Broadway. Event tickets are $50 each and raffle tickets for gift baskets are available for purchase by calling (502) 775-6232. Past gift basket items have included a customized facial, YMCA gym membership, University of Louisville football tickets, Churchill Downs box seats, and so much more! All proceeds go directly towards youth programming at St. George’s Scholar Institute. Through your contributions, SGSI is able to provide students with opportunities that will impact them for the rest of their lives.

For more information, contact Arthur Cox, SGSI Executive Director, at or (502) 775-6232.