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The SBIRT Alert 8/11/2014


 An occasional email update from the National SBIRT ATTC


Tools for Practice


CDC releases step-by-step guide to alcohol SBIRT implementation in primary care 
Research shows that alcohol screening and brief interventions can reduce excessive drinking by up to 25%. But a recent study showed that only 1 in 6 people reported ever talking with a health professional about their alcohol use. With this new guide, the CDC is working to make alcohol screening and brief intervention a routine part of health care. The guide is designed to help an individual or small planning team adapt screening and brief interventions to the unique operational realities of their primary care practice. Read more

Upcoming Webinars


August 27, 2014
1:00 – 2:30 PM EDT
SBIRT in Action: Implementing and Delivering SBIRT in NYC STD Clinics
Shirley DeStafeno, MS, Brett Harris, DrPH, Meighan Rogers, MPH
SBIRT has been implemented in six New York City STD clinics since January 2010. Presenters will review the history of the SBIRT program in these clinics as well as their process of leveraging support, adapting workflow and documentation in electronic medical records, evaluating program outcomes, and progressing toward sustainability.  Register


Miss a webinar? No problem. You’ll be able to view it on-demand on our Webinar Library.




The SBIRT Alert- 5/20/2014

An occasional email update from the National SBIRT ATTC .

Upcoming Webinars

June 11, 2014
2:00 – 3:30 PM EDT
Applying SBIRT to Depression, Prescription Medication Abuse, Tobacco Use, Trauma, and Other Client Concerns
Richard Brown, MD, MPH
Why might you consider implementing systematic behavioral screening and intervention (BSI) in your healthcare setting? The Wisconsin Initiative to Promote Healthy Lifestyles and its spin-off, Wellsys, LLC, have helped dozens of clinics implement BSI. Now, with CDC funding, BSI is expanding to improve outcomes for diabetes, hypertension and lipid disorders. Register

June 25, 2014

1:00 – 2:30 PM EDT
SBIRT as Part of Project Care: Integrating Behavioral Healthcare Services in Kern County, CA
Lily Alvarez; Christopher Reilly, LMFT, & Darren Urada, PhD 
Participants will learn steps to assimilate behavioral health services into an integrated primary care model such that behavioral health is embraced and requested, rather than feared and shunned. Project Care evaluation data and information about how to measure integration in other organizations will also be discussed. Register

Tools for Practice


Substance Use Education for Nurses curriculum
Created by IRETA and the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, this curriculum has been used to successfully train over 500 undergraduate student nurses. It is available free of charge in hopes that it will be widely utilized in the training and education of student and professional nurses, along with others in healthcare fields. Read more


Motivational Interviewing Module for CMEs
PCSS-MAT has posted a self-paced educational module for physicians about the fundamentals of MI. Read more
Behavioral health video library for educators and practitioners
Training and education about behavioral health can be dramatically improved when integrated with video and other media. There are vast numbers of videos available today on behavioral health topics. Thus, the Central East ATTC has used its expertise to curate some of the better behavioral health videos online and organized them clearly. Great resource; bookmark it. Read more


Of Interest

Implementation publication focuses on SBIRT
The Bridge, a semi-annual e-publication from the ATTC Network, recently devoted an entire issue to SBIRT implementation. Contributing authors are seasoned members of a nice range of health and human service fields. The whole issue is highly recommended. Read more
PlusTune in to The Bridge Video Talk Show TODAY to hear the researchers discuss the topic live! Register
Commentary: Let’s be sensitive to the messages we hear about pills  
Distributing candy pills at a behavioral health conference was a marketing faux pas. We can use it to spark change that will save livesRead more
We can’t ignore the social aspects of substance use, addiction and treatment 
Neuroscientist Carl Hart is a controversial figure. His research and social commentary has challenged the idea of drugs as addictive agents and drug policies that restrict access to them.  Whatever you think about the idea of “the rational choice of crack addicts,” it’s hard to argue with Hart’s insistence that the social aspects of substance use deserve more attention. Read more

The SBIRT Alert- 4/8/2014


An occasional email update from the National SBIRT ATTC .

Highlights from this alert:

Upcoming Events


Today!  April 8, 2014
3:00 – 4:00 PM Eastern
BIG Initiative Quarterly Meeting
The Brief Intervention Group is open to anyone interested in SBIRT.  Join the call to hear about SBIRT activities around the country. Register


Tools for Practice
WHO Guidelines: Substance Use and Pregnancy
The World Health Oorganization has released long-awaited guidelines for the identification and management of substance use and substance use disorders in pregnancy.  The Executive Summary lists 18 recommendations that include screening, pharmacotherapy, detox, breastfeeding, and neonatal withdrawal, among topics.  Worth a look for any health professional who works with pregnant/postnatal women and their infants. Read more
Benzodiazepines & Medication-Assisted Treatment
IRETA has developed a handout/infographic to help MAT patients understand immediate and long-term effects of benzodiazepines, as well as and the relationship between benzo use and recovery. Free to download.  Read more
Newly Revised SBIRT Curriculum
As the National SBIRT ATTC, IRETA recently completed an update of a national curriculum originally developed by the Pacific Southwest ATTC.  Free to download.  Read more
MoreVeteran SBIRT trainer Jim Aiello offers a quick tour of the new curriculum in a 5-minute video, one of our SBIRT Digital Tools.  View
Of Interest 

National Council will Support SBIRT and MI for Youth in up to 30 Behavioral Health Organizations
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has awarded the National Council a $1.3 grant to implement SBIRT in community organizations that have contact with youth at most risk for substance use disorders.  A competitive application process is set to begin this spring.  Read more
AMERSA Conference – Call for Abstracts & Workshops
The 38th annual Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA) conference will be held November 6-8 in San Francisco.  The deadline to submit abstracts and workshops is May 31.Read more

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The SBIRT Alert- 3/25/2014

An occasional email update from the National SBIRT ATTC .

Highlights from this alert:

Upcoming Webinars:

April 9, 2014
2:00 – 3:30 PM EST
Reducing Opioid Risk with SBIRT
Angela Ellis, MA & Alicia Kusiak, MA, CRC, LCPC
This free webinar will raise awareness about the value of SBIRT as a proactive solution for reducing opioid risk in patients receiving treatment for pain.  Participants will learn the components of a “universal precautions” approach when prescribing opioids and understand how SBIRT can play a key role in the treatment plan for patients on opioid medication. Register

April 25, 2014
10:00 – 11:30 AM EST
Military Culture: Cycles of Deployment
Mona M. Johnson, MA, CPP, CDP
This webinar will provide information about helping soldiers resolve issues related to their deployment.Register

Read more here.

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