Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute

Maximizing the Patient-counselor Relationship to Reduce Sexual Risk Behavior [Being Safe in Treatment (BEST)]

Achieving sexual risk reduction among people affected by substance use disorders (SUDs) has proven challenging but not impossible. This project developed a sexual risk reduction intervention — “Being Safe in Treatment” (BEST) — that can be integrated into treatment settings. The primary goal of the BEST tool is to assist patients in reducing sexual risk behavior or maintaining low risk behavior, through enhanced communication between counselor and patient about sexual risk.


Mary Hatch-Maillette, PhD Mulitiple PI (UW ADAI)
Elizabeth Wells, PhD Multiple PI (UW Social Work)

Fund Information

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Grant #: <1R01HD078163-01A1
Start: September 23, 2014
End: May 31, 2019
Status: completed

Project Results

Hatch-Maillette MA, Harwick R, Baer JS, Masters T, Cloud K, Peavy M, Wiest K, Wright L, Beadnell B, Wells EA. Counselor turnover in substance use disorder treatment research: Observations from one multisite trial. Subst Abus. 2019 Mar 4:1-7. doi: 10.1080/08897077.2019.1572051, Pubmed PMID: 30829142.