Screening, Brief Intervention, & Referral to Treatment

What is SBIRT?

Screening, Brief Intervention, & Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services. SBIRT is an evidence-based protocol both for people with substance use disorders and for those at risk of developing them.

In SBIRT, screening, intervention, and treatment all happen in a medical setting such as a primary care office, hospital emergency department, or community clinic. These medical providers in turn form closer relationships with the substance abuse treatment providers in their area, developing a ‘warm hand off’ protocol for patients who need targeted treatment.

SBIRT providers are helping to move toward health systems integration which better cares for the whole person.

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