Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based approach for identifying and responding to persons at risk for alcohol, tobacco and other substance use disorders. The SBIRT method identifies at risk individuals, provides a brief intervention and referral for specialty care when indicated. SBIRT is an effective way to integrate behavioral health into primary care. Primary care clinics, emergency departments, mental health, corrections and college health programs are utilizing SBIRT to begin addressing the significant human, healthcare, and safety-related costs associated with the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. .
SBIRT builds on the screening approach used in health care for a range of lifestyle issues, e.g. blood pressure and medication compliance. With SBIRT, screening for drug and alcohol use becomes part of every medical exam. Simple tools make it easy to implement in your setting. Studies have revealed:
Clinics and behavioral health specialists throughout the Pacific Northwest select NWATTC because we provide unique SBIRT trainings tailored to each individual’s role in the implementation of SBIRT. Our trainers have extensive experience with both SBIRT and Motivational Interviewing.
What SBIRT Training and Services Do We Offer? NWATTC offers tailored SBIRT training and services that result in sustainable changes in clinical practice including:
How Can I Get Started? If you are interested in scheduling SBIRT training or services, please contact our training coordinator Jennifer Verbeck at (503) 494-9611 or email us at northwest@ATTCnetwork.org. We will start by setting up a no-cost consultation with an experienced SBIRT trainer.
slide source: http://www.nascsa.org/Conference2011/Presentations/Reuter.pdf
The SBIRT model includes clinician-tested tools, protocols, materials and training to help health care providers help their patients--see the resources below.
This website offers a wide array of useful tools and clear, straightforward information on SBIRT used in the clinical setting, including:
To view the SBIRT Oregon Primary Care Model Video click on the picture below.
Introduction to SBIRT
"Introduction to SBIRT" video/PowerPoint presentation by Northwest Frontier ATTC for the ATTC Network Third Thursday iTraining presented on May 19, 2011. To view the video click on the picture below. (Length of video is 1 hour 19 minutes)
Addiction Messenger series on SBIRT (click on picture to view document)
Part 1 - Why Screen and Intervene?
Part 2 - Breaking The Model Down
Part 3 - Taking It to The Field
SBIRT Readiness Ruler: summarizes information for clinicians to use with patients
SBIRT Reference Sheet: outlines steps in the process and screening parameters
ATTC Network's "Foundations of SBIRT" online training
SAMHSA-HRSA SBIRT webpages
Boston University School of Public Health BNI ART Institute SBIRT Website
SAMHSA white paper on SBIRT
CASA's SBIRT Implementation and Process Change Manual for Practitioners (Nov. 2012)