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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.


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