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What is SBIRT?

SBIRT is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services

  •         For persons with substance use disorders
  •         Those who are at risk of developing these disorders

Primary care centers, trauma centers, and other community settings provide opportunities for early intervention with at-risk substance users.

SBIRT: Review of Key Terms

Screening: Very brief set of questions that identifies risk of substance use related problems.

Brief Intervention: Brief counseling that raises awareness of risks and motivates client toward acknowledgement of problem.

Referral: Procedures to help patients access specialized care.


  1.      Increase access to care for persons with substance use disorders and those at risk of substance use disorders.
  2.      Foster a continuum of care by integrating prevention, intervention, and treatment services.
  3.      Improve linkages between health care services and alcohol/drug treatment services.


1 Comment

  1. Cecile says:

    Is there are a version that incorporates also screen for depression and anxiety?

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