Why SBIRT? (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral for Treatment)
By using a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to early intervention and treatment services for persons with substance use disorders, or those who are at risk of developing these disorders, we can start to achieve the goal of reducing and preventing related health consequences. Primary care centers, hospital emergency rooms, trauma centers, and other community settings provide opportunities for early intervention with at-risk substance users before more severe consequences occur.
- Screening quickly assesses the severity of substance use and identifies the appropriate level of treatment.
- Brief intervention focuses on increasing insight and awareness regarding substance use and motivation toward behavioral change.
- Referral to treatment provides those identified as needing more extensive treatment with access to specialty care.
What is App SBIRT?
In keeping with the BCHS mission to educate students in interprofessional contexts and impact the region for better health and well-being, the IHHS was awarded a three year grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The primary focus of this grant is to train students in health and human service career paths to screen individuals for substance use and, through motivational interviewing, empower individuals to acknowledge associated health risks and seek additional assistance as needed.
The grant period is for three years, but the goal is to create a sustainable interprofessional education program that will continue to place future health providers into rural Western North Carolina who are culturally competent and ready to intervene on behalf of those in need.
It really does take a village
In addition to training students, we are training community members and regional health providers who wish to employ SBIRT in their own practices and/or supervise students working their way through Appalachian’s SBIRT program. We, therefore, provide resources for community training as well as student training.