Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based approach for identifying and responding to patients who are at risk for alcohol, tobacco and other substance use disorders. The SBIRT process begins with a yearly, brief alcohol and drug screening that is completed by all patients. This initial screen is followed by a full screening using a validated instrument, brief intervention for patients with positive results and a referral to specialty treatment as needed. SBIRT is an effective method for improving integration of behavioral health into primary care and helps to start important conversations between care teams and patients about substance use habits that can negatively impact health.
NWATTC provides training on the population health impact, workflow considerations and clinical skills required to implement SBIRT.