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

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?

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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.

In the News

SBIRT ASU TEAM NEWS: This past June,  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.

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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 Century