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

The Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation, Education and Research (WISER)

City of Pittsburgh Skyline 
June 9-10, 2015

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is a public health and evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, abuse, and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs. The SBIRT model calls for interprofessional, widespread and community-based screening for health risk behaviors.

Abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs is costly to our nation, exacting over $600 billion annually in costs related to crime, lost work productivity and healthcare (NIDA, 2012). Healthcare costs alone account for $137 billion dollars. Healthcare providers cannot ignore substance use. Risky substance use causes significant morbidity and premature mortality among all patient populations.   


Registration Fee:
$250  On or before April 6, 2015
$300  After April 6, 2015

Located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s medical and university district, this two-day conference will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn at Pittsburgh University Place and The Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation, Education and Research in Oakland.

Target Audience 
The target audience for this conference are health professionals – nurses, nurse practitioners, doctors, social workers, pharmacists, dentists, dental hygienists, behavioral health counselors and public health workers. 

The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions (IRETA), National SBIRT Addiction Technology Transfer Center (National SBIRT ATTC), AIDS Education and Training Center, and the Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation, Education, and Research (WISER) have joined together to develop this first-of-its-kind conference - engaged in an interprofessional collaboration utilizing state-of-the-art techniques to enhance patient wellness. 

Additional information



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


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.

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.