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Implementing SBIRT in DC Family Success Centers- Project Orientation Meeting (Sep2021)


In response to the Opioid epidemic, the Central East ATTC partnered with the DC Family Success Centers to build capacity for their provider network to implement evidenced-based screening tools, provide targeted counseling and when appropriate, refer patients to treatment using SBIRT. SBIRT is an evidence-based intervention used to help Screen, provide a Brief Intervention and Refer appropriate patients for Treatment related to substance use disorders. Through T/TA, Central East will worked with DC Family Success Center members to enhance their understanding, knowledge and skills in the implementation of SBIRT, meeting over a several month period. The goal of the project will be to support agency staff in the development of a realistic Implementation Work Plan.


  • Provide orientation to the Central East ATTC and our role commitment to workforce development
  • Describe the partnership between that PACHC and the Central East ATTC
  • Provide a basic understanding of SBIRT and its implementation in health care settings
  • Describe the purpose and structure of the Intensive Technical Assistance project, including time investment and timeline
  • Answer questions surrounding participation


Any DC Family Success Center member interested in implementing Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT).

  • SBIRT uses a public health approach to universal screening for substance use problems
    • SBIRT provides:
      • Immediate rule out of non-problem users;
      • Identification of levels of risk;
      • Identification of patients who would benefit from brief advice;
      • Identification of patients who would benefit from further assessment, and;
      • Progressive levels of clinical interventions based on need and motivation for change


Holly Ireland headshotHolly Ireland, LCSW-C, is the Co-Project Director of the Central East Addiction Technology Transfer Center at The Danya Institute. Holly has 30 years’ experience working in the behavioral health field, beginning her career as a Residential Rehabilitation Counselor while working on her undergraduate degree in psychology at Towson University. She graduated from University of Maryland, Baltimore with a master’s in Social Work with a primary concentration of Clinical and a secondary concentration of Management and Community Organization. During her career, she has provided direct service in outpatient behavioral health and recovery support settings, including individual, group and family therapy for co-occurring disorders, crisis intervention, trauma treatment, Assertive Community Treatment, and advocacy. Holly  serves as adjunct faculty for Salisbury University’s Social Work Department, teaching social welfare policy and advanced practice courses.


Demetrie GarnerDemetrie Garner, Certified Peer Recovery Specialist, is a quality, safety, and production driven professional with more than 20 years of extensive experience and a proven track record of developing teams to achieve an organizational goal.




Lisa Connors headshotLisa Connors, LCPC, NCC, BCC, MAC, CT, ABD, is an Associate Pastor at In His Image International Ministry, Inc. She is a Licensed Bachelor Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Board-Certified Coach, Master Addiction Counselor, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and Certified Grief Counseling Specialist. Ms. Connors is Certified in Thanatology [the study of death, dying, and bereavement]. She has been in the human services/social work/counseling fields for 30 years and has worked in a variety of settings providing services to the despondent and downtrodden. Ms. Connors works tirelessly to help others reach their fullest potential in life, supporting and empowering those who have been oppressed, stigmatized, marginalized, and victimized. Her greatest passion is working with, serving, and providing training related to individuals affected by HIV/AIDS, substance use and mental health disorders, violence/abuse/trauma, grief and loss, racial and social injustices. Ms. Connors is a mental health therapist providing services to individuals who have co-occurring issues. In addition to her pastoral and clinical work, Ms. Connors is a college professor. She has taught at the University of Maryland and is currently teaching at Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland. Like many women of color, Ms. Connors has experienced various forms of oppression.


Starts: Sep. 14, 2021 10:00 am
Ends: Sep. 14, 2021 11:00 am
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