Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment to people with substance use disorders and those at risk of developing these disorders. SBIRT strengthens patient assessments by effecitvely identifying each patient's level of risk related to alcohol and drug use. It also provides an evidence-based framework to efficiently address behavior change with patients.

Prevention Insights has over 10 years of experience working with healthcare organizations in multiple states to initiate and sustain SBIRT, and we have trained hundreds of physicians, nurses, social workers, and medical assistants.

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Indiana SBIRT

Indiana SBIRT is a five-year initiative funded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to integrate SBIRT as a routine standard of care at community health centers (CHCs), community mental health centers (CMHCs), and rural health centers (RHCs) throughout the state of Indiana.

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Training and Consultation

Prevention Insights has developed a training curriculum for the essential core areas needed to successfully implement SBIRT. Topics discussed include the rationale behind SBIRT, screening methods, components to delivering effective brief interventions, and motivational interviewing for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level.

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"SBIRT has transformed our perspective. We are more aware of...drug, alcohol, and depression problems in our neighborhood."

-Dr. James Nelson Gingerich, Medical Director, Maple City Health Center

"The SBIRT process opens important discussions with patients that might not have occurred otherwise."

-Maureen Shepherd, Executive Director, Tulip Tree Family Health Care