Upcoming WEBINAR

SBIRT: A Look at the Evidence   

Featuring Richard L. Brown, MD, MPH     


Alcohol and drug Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is recommended by numerous authorities yet seldom delivered in an evidence-based manner in most primary care settings.  This presentation will review research on the effectiveness of various components of SBIRT and strategies for dissemination.  Gaps in such research will be identified, and future directions for research and implementation will be proposed.

Learning Objectives: 

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the SBIRT model and each of its components
  • State what is known and not known about the effectiveness of each component in primary care settings
  • Discuss the literature on the effective of various approaches to spreading SBIRT


Dr. Brown is a family physician and a tenured full professor in the Department of Family Medicine, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin.  His academic focus has been the primary care management of alcohol and drug disorders and other behavioral risk factors and conditions.  He has conducted NIH-funded research, published dozens of peer reviewed articles, made numerous presentations, and conducted workshops in these realms on four continents.  He served as president of the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA) from 1997 to 1999 and received AMERSA’s McGovern award for excellence in medical education in 2002.  From 1999 to 2004, he served as the founding director of Project MAINSTREAM (www.projectmainstream.net), a federally funded program that enhanced substance abuse education for twelve health professions and improved education for over 10,000 trainees.  Since 2006, he has served as Director for the Wisconsin Initiative to Promote Healthy Lifestyles (www.wiphl.com).  WIPHL has helped about 40 general healthcare settings provide over 110,000 screens and 25,000 interventions, garner excellent patient satisfaction, and elicit substantial declines in risky and problem drinking.  In a pilot study, he showed that paraprofessionals can serve effectively as physician extenders in conducting screening, assessment, referrals, behavioral activation and collaborative care for depression.  Dr. Brown is owner and CEO of Wellsys, LLC (www.wellsys.co), which provides software, consulting, training and clinical support to enable healthcare settings to provide systematic, evidence-based, cost-saving screening and intervention services for the behavioral risks and disorders responsible for over 40% of deaths, most chronic disease and disability and nearly $1 trillion in costs per year.

Register HERE!   


Check out the SBIRT Toolkit !

This toolkit is designed for practitioners and organizations who are using (or considering using) 

Screening, Brief Intervention & Referral to Treatment in a variety of settings. 


Also listed under our Products and Resources



The National Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment Addiction Technology Transfer Center


New from Medscape - Substance use in Adults and Adolescents: Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

Intended for primary care physicians, pediatricians, psychiatrists, emergency physicians, dentists, chiropractors, nurses, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants, the goal of this course is to address the basic principles of SBIRT as well as coding and reimbursement for implementation of SBIRT in practice. More information.


Take a Digital Tour - NEW Case Studies in the National SBIRT ATTC Compendium of Cases

Available for free download. Find this and our other Case Studies in our Products and Resources page

Join us for the SBIRT for Youth Learning Community Webinars

This learning community will focus on the process of SBIRT as it is being implemented for youth audiences.

  • Examine the application of SBIRT in various youth settings
  • Create a community of providers, administrators and researchers who share a passion for reducing and/or eliminating substance use in youth populations
  • Share experiences with implementing SBIRT in youth settings

Thank you to all who attended the 

The National SBIRT ATTC 

SBIRT Training of Trainers


Training of Trainers Manual - Click Here for download

*Please note, the Training of Trainers Manual that was distributed at the Park City, Utah TOT is an enhancement of current Training of Trainers Manual available for download.          

Continuing Education:

To request your continuing education credits please complete the request form at the link below: 


Social Work, and NAADAC credits


Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for alcohol and other drug use: An Interprofessional Conference 

June 9-10, 2015 

Pittsburgh, PA



Thanks to all involved for a wonderful conference!

Resources from the event are are available at the following HERE.



SBIRT Reimbursement - Select Your State

Want to know what the SBI and Health and Behavior Assessment/Intervention (HBAI) Codes are for your state?

Click on this map and you will be taken to the large map where you can click on your state to access the information.


The National SBIRT ATTC is funded to advance SBIRT as a timely public health model worthy and in need of advancement to reach its full potential impact on the health of Americans. With our partner (NORC), we hope to help healthcare providers utilize the public health model of screening for substance use and providing advice or counseling to their patients who use alcohol or other drugs in risky or harmful ways.


The National SBIRT ATTC is housed at the Institute for Research, Eduction,and Training in Addictions (IRETA) in Pittsburgh, PA. http://ireta.org/

To further expand our capacity and deepen our expertise, the National SBIRT ATTC is partnering with the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center (NORC) to help healthcare and EAP providers utilize the SBIRT model.