Screening, Brief Intervention & Referral for Treatment (SBIRT) Program

SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral for Treatment)

*SBIRT is an integrated public health evidence based practice (EBP) that provides universal screening and assesses the risk of substance use disorders and moderate-to-high use of substances in clients.  SBIRT is used in various settings as an an early intervention practice.  


  • Is brief
  • Is comprehensive
  • Uses universal screening
  • Decreases the severity of drug and alcohol use
  • Reduces healthcare costs
  • Services are used in various settings

SBIRT is flexible for use in various settings..WHO should use it? 

  • Counselors
  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Pastors, Clergy
  • Public Health
  • Social Workers
  • Other Service Providers

SBIRT at App State

The SBIRT program in the Beaver College  of Health Science (BCHS) began with a three year grant from SAMSHA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, to provide substance abuse screening/intervention trainings to faculty, students, and community agencies.  

So what is a standard drink?


12 fl oz of regular beer (about 5% alcohol) = 8-9 fl oz of malt liquor (about 7% alcohol) = 5 fl oz of wine (about 12% alcohol) = 1.5 fl oz shot of 80-proof distilled spirits (gin, rum, tequila, vodka, whiskey, etc.) (40% alcohol)

If you believe that you or someone you know may need help please contact the following resources for additional help and information:

In the News

NY Times: Overdose Deaths Reach Record Levels in 2017 

SBIRT ASU TEAM NEWS: The new "College SBIRT" team as been organized in response to the successful ending the SAMSHA SBIRT grant!  It consists of liasions from Beaver College of Health Sciences including the the Social Work Dept, Nursing Dept,  and Health & Exercise Science.  More news and updates coming soon as more SBIRT trainings and Modules are avaible to students, faculty and community members. 

June 2017,  Annette Ward (Director of the ASU SBIRT Grant) and Amie Jo Platt (Project Coordinator of the SBIRT Grant) attended SAMSHA’s SBIRT and Adolescents Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island to enhance continued efforts to secure SBIRT’s sustainability within ASU and the community.  Some of the topics were; SBIRT in Schools: Opportunities and Challenges, Seeing through the Smoke: A New Look in Youth Cannabis Use, Lessons Learned in Adolescent Initiatives,  and Treatment Engagement: Improved Collaboration and Effective Referrals between Schools and Primary Care and Substance Use Disorder Treatment Providers. The speakers and grantees participating in the event had traveled from all over the United States to give perspectives on how SBIRT is working in their areas. These speeches and breakout sessions provided Annette and Amie Jo new insight, applications and objectives when providing SBIRT to adolescents here in the Boone area as well as how to train ASU students to implement SBIRT with adolescents in their field settings (and future careers!). The ASU SBIRT team continues to strive to engage in the newest and most current studies as SBIRT continues to evolve for adolescents throughout the United States.

On January 11th and 22nd SBIRT provided the Module 2 In Person Training to Social Work and Nursing Students.  There were 60 AppState students that particpated, as well as 4 community members and 4 ASU teaching members! 

      Rhode Island State Capital

STAT: He stumbled on a hidden epidemic of brain damage. The culprit? Alcohol.

CDC releases Planning and Implementing Screening and Brief Intervention for Risky Alcohol Use: A Step-by-Step Guide for Primary Care Practices

National SBIRT ATTC reports: Implementing SBIRT: The Need for New Resources and Approaches for Primary Care Physicians &

Physician Roles in Addressing Alcohol and Drug Use Disorders in the 21st