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SBIRT Training Opportunities Available Through UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs and the Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center
Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for persons with substance use disorders and those at risk of developing these disorders.   Overall, substance use contributes to over 70 conditions that require medical care. Screening can be easily used in primary care and other settings and enables health care professionals to systematically identify and assist people whose drinking or substance use may cause or complicate medical and mental health functioning.
Through the Substance Abuse Research Consortium (SARC) Interagency Agreement, UCLA ISAP and the Pacific Southwest ATTC will offer a variety of face-to-face and web-based training opportunities focused on alcohol-specific SBIRT. The training activities will be available to primary care and behavioral health providers, and will meet the training requirements detailed as part of the California Department of Health Care Services’ policy requirements of SBIRT coverage as a new Medi-Cal Program benefit. The training will provide a brief overview of the prevalence of substance use, criteria for risky use, and the effects of substance use on health and mental health functioning. We will review two approved screening tools (AUDIT and AUDIT-C), and teach providers how to conduct a three-step F.L.O. Brief Intervention utilizing motivational interviewing techniques focused on motivating people toward positive behavioral change. For individuals identified to be at high risk for an alcohol use disorder, we will teach providers how to motivate patients to accept a referral to specialty substance abuse treatment services.

Substance Abuse Research Consortium (SARC)
4-Hour Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment Training

Northern California

April 6, 2016
Laguna Honda Hospital
375 Laguna Honda Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94116

April 7, 2016

Sierra Health Foundation
1321 Garden Highway
Sacramento, CA  95833

Southern California

April 25, 2016

Tri-City Medical Center
4002 Vista Way
Oceanside, CA 92056

April 26, 2016

Joan Palevsky Center for the
Future of Los Angeles
281 S. Figueroa Street, Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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