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Implementing SBIRT in Health Centers: Examples from the Field

A Learning Collabortive to Expand SBIRT into Hospitals and Other Medical Settings

Free webinar produced in partnership with NAADACNational SBIRT ATTCNORC, National Council, and SAMHSA

Description: Do you want to implement SBIRT in your Health Center, but not sure where to start? This webinar will discuss various SBIRT implementation models, barriers, and facilitators to implementing and sustaining SBIRT in health centers of varying sizes. Experts from different health centers across the United States and other experienced professions will discuss their lessons learned. The audience will also have the opportunity to ask their questions to the presenters during the live webcast.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion, participants will:
  • Understand how SBIRT service delivery has been integrated into routine practice of health centers.
  • Understand the potential barriers/challenges and facilitators that impact implementation of SBIRT in health centers.
  • Be able to describe SBIRT implementation models that fit with health center environment.

Click here to watch the webinar now!



2015 SBIRT Webinar Series Announced

Did you know that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes substance use disorders as one of the ten elements of essential health benefits? This means that all health insurance sold on Health Insurance Exchanges or provided by Medicaid to certain newly eligible adults must include services for substance use disorders. It is assumed that some of these new patients may need intervention and treatment services for substance use disorders.

To fill this service need, training about how to detect substance use disorders is imperative. As a part of this effort, NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, has partnered with National SBIRT ATTC, NORC at the University of Chicago, The BIG Initiative, and SAMHSA to deliver a FREE 8-part webinar series called the 2015 SBIRT Webinar Series. All webinars are worth 1.5 CEs.

Here is the full schedule:

SBIRT: A Brief Clinical Training for Adolescent Providers

  • Wednesday, March 18, 2015 @ 3-4:30pm ET
  • Presented by Brett Harris and Shirley DeStafeno

All About SBIRT for Teens

  • Wednesday, April 15, 2015 @ 3-4:30pm ET
  • Presented by Ken Winters

Understanding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and SBIRT

  • Wednesday, April 29, 2015 @ 3-4:30pm ET
  • Presented by Eric Goplerud

Screening and Brief Interventions in Primary Care and Senior Care Facilities for Older Adults at Risk for Possible Substance Use Disorders and/or Depression

  • Wednesday, May 13, 2015 @ 3-4:30pm ET
  • Presented by Robert Hazlett

A Military Culture Approach to SBIRT for Veterans & Active Duty Personnel

  • Wednesday, June 10, 2015 @ 3-4:30pm ET
  • Presented by Niranjan Karnik, Tanya Friese, and Nicholas Turner

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

  • Wednesday, July 22, 2015 @ 3-4:30pm ET
  • Presented by Niranjan Karnik, Tanya Friese, and Nicholas Turner

Integrating Screening and Brief Intervention for Alcohol and Other Drugs in Behavioral Health Settings Serving College Students

  • Wednesday, August 19, 2015 @ 3-4:30pm ET
  • Presented by Dolores Cimini

The SBIRT Alert 1/8/2015

An occasional email update from the National SBIRT ATTC

Upcoming Face-to-Face Training

Motivational Interviewing Trainings
January & February in western PA
Introductory and advanced training in MI techniques led by a member of the MINT network. Read more
SBIRT for Alcohol and Drug Use: An Interprofessional Conference
June 9-10, 2015 in Pittsburgh, PA
This innovative event will incorporate the use of Standardized Patients to bridge the gap between lectures and practical application. Read more
Online Learning
Two online courses are open to all
Introduction to SBIRT for Adolescents and SBIRT 101are free self-paced courses open to anyone. CEUs are available. Read more
Join our SBIRT for Youth Learning Community
In a series of free webinars in 2015, this learning community will focus on the process of Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment as it is being implemented for youth. Read more



Screening for risky alcohol use not nearly as common as similarly effective preventative services


Download our new case studies to learn how organizations are using SBIRT in the real world

image for blog postEditor’s note: SBIRT stands for Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment. Learn more about it here.

SBIRT to address risky alcohol use is as effective and cost-effective as a flu shot, but it’s not nearly so widespread. This is according to a systematic review of research on alcohol SBIRT published between 1992 and 2004, which concluded that alcohol SBIRT scores a 4 out of 5 in terms of Clinically Preventable Burden (the health burden reduced by SBIRT multiplied by SBIRT’s effectiveness) and a 5 out of 5 in cost-effectiveness. All in all, a 9 out of 10.

In short, it works pretty well at a pretty marginal cost. SBIRT’s score was similar to screening for colorectal cancer and hypertension and to vaccines for influenza and pneumococcal disease.

Unlike those other services, though, the…

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What is SBIRT and why might it fit well in mental health settings?


Putting the Puzzle Together. Credit: Ken Teegardin Putting the Puzzle Together. Credit: Ken Teegardin

Sort of amazingly, research on SBIRT for risky substance use in mental health settings is scant. That’s why we’re excited about a large randomized clinical trial that UCLA kicked off last year.

SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) is an evidence-based public health approach to identifying and providing brief counseling for those who use alcohol or other drugs at risky levels.

Here’s how it works: a health practitioner screens a patient for risky use with a short questionnaire (like the AUDIT, DAST-10, or ASSIST). If the patient screens for moderate risky use, a brief intervention or brief treatment may follow. If the patient screens for severe risk, a referral to treatment may be indicated.

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For over a decade, there has been a lot of energy dedicated to using SBIRT in primary care and hospital settings. That’s where SBIRT has largely been implemented.

But there…

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SBIRT for Alcohol and Other Drug Use: An Interprofessional Conference

SBIRT Conference

Screening, Brief Intervention & Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for Alcohol and Other Drug Use: An Interprofessional Conference

The Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation, Education, and Research (WISER)

June 9-10, 2015

Pittsburgh, PA

Click Here to Register


  • For the uninitiated SBIRT service provider—   SBIRT 101 and Motivational Interviewing techniques
  • For the experienced SBIRT service provider -Covering the application of SBIRT for Specific Substances and Special Populations
  • Practice Motivational Interviewing Techniques with standardized patients representing various healthcare settings and interprofessional situation.
  • Learn how to design and implement a standardized patient simulation

Intended Audience:

Health professionals – nurses, nurse practitioners, doctors, pharmacists, dentists, dental hygienists, behavioral health counselors and public health workers .

Continuing Education:

AANA, ACCME, ANCC, NAADAC, PA CADC, Social Work and more

Receive your certificate of completion for SBIRT education.

Click here for more information!


SBIRT for Youth- Learning Community

Please join us for the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for Youth Learning Community

The goals of the learning community are to

  • Examine the application of SBIRT in various youth settings
  • Create a community of providers, administrators and researchers who share a passion for reducing and/or eliminating substance use in youth populations
  • Share experiences with implementing SBIRT in youth settings

These sessions will be held every two months, and are open to the public.


Substance use by adolescents is a significant public health problem and is associated with both acute and long term health problems. The American Academy of Pediatrics and other organizations recommend screening and brief intervention to prevent or reduce substance use as part of routine care for adolescents. This learning community will focus on the process of SBIRT as it is being implemented for youth audiences.


SBIRT for Youth: An Introduction to the Learning Community and a Review of the Research

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 at 1PM-2PM

Registration Web Link: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/825003975

SBIRT for Youth: Administering and Interpreting Adolescent-Specific Screening Instruments and Results

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 at 1PM-2PM

Registration Web Link: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/637504431

SBIRT for Youth: Featured SBIRT Programs

Tuesday, June 2nd,  2015 at 1PM-2PM

Registration Web Link: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/389561239

REGISTER NOW by clicking on the link to the specific webinar above.

It is best to register at least 24 hours before the webinar. If you register just before the webinar begins you might miss some of it while waiting for your emailed confirmation and link!

Link to information on ATTCNetwork.org

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