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3rd Annual LA SBIRT Network Summit


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Mini Guide to Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment: An Overview of SBIRT and Resources



Mini Guide to Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment: An Overview of SBIRT and Resources

Join us for a free webinar on Wed, Jan 27, 2016 at 3:00-4:30pm PM ET (2CT/1MT/12PT).

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Description: The acronym “SBIRT” is being used more and more these days, which stands for Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment. This free webinar will provide an overview of the SBIRT model, use of validated screening tools, and a review of core components of brief Intervention and referral. The presenter will also provide information on free resources and SBIRT protocols available to help you with training, implementation, and evaluation. This free education is ideal for those professionals wishing to gain a basic understanding of SBIRT and available resources, as training for professionals new to SBIRT, or as a primer before advancing to other webinars offered in this series.

Presented by: Dr. Tracy McPherson is a Senior Research Scientist in the Public Health Department at NORC at the University of Chicago. Over the past 13 years, McPherson has led initiatives supported by NIDA, CSAP, NHTSA, NHLBI, SAMSHA, and CDC. McPherson is an applied social psychologist and an expert on substance abuse prevention and early intervention who, until deciding to join NORC, has been an Assistant Research Professor at George Washington University Medical Center (GW). Prior to working at GW, she held R&D and training positions in the areas of health and productivity management, substance abuse, and mental health at the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies at Cornell University and at ISA Associates. She has presented numerous papers at leading professional meetings; has published over 30 articles, reports and book chapters; and serves as a reviewer for leading journals in workplace behavioral health, health and productivity management, and substance abuse.

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IRETA Webinar Alert: SBIRT and the Electronic Health Record: November 4th


SBIRT and the Electronic Health Record: Featuring Tom McLellan on November 4, 2015 from 1:00 – 2:30 PM Eastern Time



The presentation will discuss issues in promoting use of SBI and RT by medical practitioners, specifically the opportunities and challenges of integrating SBI and RT into contemporary electronic health record systems.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the importance of EHR systems for integrating SBIRT into standard practice
  • Understand the special federal protections concerning interactions between healthcare providers about substance use and addiction
  • Understand the billing requirements and regulations associated with SBI in healthcare settings


Dr. McLellan has been a career researcher for 35 years with the Treatment Research Institute.  He has published over 400 articles and chapters on addiction research; and has received several distinguished awards.

During 2009 – 2011 Dr. McLellan was the Deputy Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, where he co-authored the President’s National Drug Control Strategy.

Dr. McLellan holds a B.A. from Colgate University and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College.  He received postgraduate training in psychology at Oxford University in England.


For more information, click here to visit IREATA’s Website.

Rethinking SBIRT: Lessons from the Past 10 Years, Strategies for the Next 10

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HMA’s “30 Years, 30 Webinars” Series, Vol. 15

Thursday, October 29, 2015
1 to 2 p.m. EDT

It’s been 10 years since the first grants for Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) programs for addiction were implemented. Although underutilized and in many ways misunderstood, SBIRT still possesses tremendous potential to positively reshape and help coordinate care for people struggling with addiction.

During this webinar, HMA experts will discuss the evolution of SBIRT and outline how the program is poised for a resurgence as providers, public health policy experts and funding organizations leverage SBIRT’s potential in an increasingly integrated healthcare environment.

HMA Speakers

Margarita Pereyda, MD, Principal, Southern California
Gina Lasky, PhD, Community Strategies Project Manager, Denver, CO

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn why SBIRT is a far more flexible protocol than typically understood, allowing for choice of screening tools, brief interventions, and tight integration into existing care delivery systems.
  2. Understand the key barriers to the implementation of SBIRT, including the tendency to silo SBIRT as a behavioral health service, provider resistance to addiction services, inadequate referral, and lack of adequate focus on the brief intervention component of the protocol.
  3. Find out how to leverage the support of states, foundations and others willing to fund SBIRT as an effective protocol for addiction.
  4. Learn how to overcome the myths about substance use and shift provider culture and attitudes – resulting in a rich adoption of SBIRT.
  5. Understand the potential for expanding SBIRT’s reach, with the next wave likely to focus on non-traditional settings like schools, county jails, and possibly even organizations that provide housing, meals and other human services.

Who Should Attend

States, foundations and others funding and supporting SBIRT initiatives; FQHCs, hospitals, physician practices, ACOs, behavioral health, and other provider organizations; state and federal officials for public health; state Medicaid and correctional health officials.

Register now for this free webinar.

Drugs are a Local Phenomenon for LGBTQ Populations: Implications for SBIRT

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Drugs are a Local Phenomenon for LGBTQ Populations: Implications for SBIRT
July 22, 2015  3:00 – 4:30 PM Eastern


Overview: The 2011 Institute of Medicine report titled “The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People” argues persuasively that there is a need for more attention to these subpopulations from clinical, research and policy perspectives.

With that in mind, webinar attendees will:

  • Appreciate the social geography of substance use for LGBTQ populations
  • Understand the ways that substance use relates to broader health disparities
  • Consider the ways that local contextual knowledge can improve SBIRT implementation

Background: Studies indicate that, when compared with the general population, LGBT people are more likely to use alcohol and drugs, have higher rates of substance abuse, are less likely to abstain from use, and are more likely to continue heavy drinking into later life (SAMHSA, 2012).

But those are national-level data. How does this look at the local level? How do local patterns of use impact our approach to SBIRT?


FREE Online SBIRT Course Now Available | FREE CE Credit Available

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Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Training:
4-hour Self-Paced, Online Course 


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 settings and enables healthcare professionals to systematically identify and assist people whose drinking or substance use may cause or complicate medical and mental health functioning.

This 4-hour training is relevant for both primary care and behavioral health providers. Our training provides 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 review the two approved screening tools (AUDIT and AUDIT-C), and teach providers how to conduct a three-step 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 teach providers how to motivate patients to accept a referral to specialty substance abuse treatment services.

At the conclusion of the training, participants will be able to: (1) describe the background and rationale for conducting SBIRT with patients in primary care settings; (2) utilize the AUDIT or AUDIT-C to screen and identify patients engaged in moderate or high-risk alcohol consumption; and (3) demonstrate, through role-play and group discussion, the effective use of brief intervention strategies and techniques to motivate patients to change their at-risk substance use behavior and/or seek treatment.

FREE CE Credit Available for:

  • LMFTs
  • LCSWs
  • LPCCs
  • LEPs
  • Registered Nurses
  • CADC I and II
  • CATC
  • CAS I and II
  • NCACs I/II
  • MACs

2nd Annual LA SBIRT Network Summit- July 24, 2015- Save the Date


More information will be available soon! Visit the LA SBIRT Network for more information!

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