Process

Elements of SBIRT

SBIRT is a strategy in the healthcare sector for reinforcing healthy behaviors, identifying problematic drug and alcohol use early, reducing substance misuse, and referring to treatment those who need it.  This evidence based practice is a process with three main elements – Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment in medical settings.

The term SBIRTScreening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment – represents the progressive steps that a health professional takes to assess alcohol and drug use behaviors and reduce risks to the individualʼs health and well being.

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SBIRTThe term SBIRT – Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment – represents the progressive steps that a health professional takes to assess alcohol and drug use behaviors and reduce risks to the individualʼs health and well being.

Universal ScreeningScreening is provided universally to assess substance use and identify people with substance use problems.

Brief InterventionBrief Intervention is provided when a screening indicates moderate or high risk. Brief intervention utilizes motivational interviewing techniques focused on raising patientsʼ awareness of substance use and its consequences and motivating them toward positive behavioral change.

Refer to TreatmentIf necessary, referral to treatment to specialty care is provided for persons deemed at high risk for a substance abuse disorder.

Follow UpFollow up by providers should occur if brief intervention or a referral to treatment occurs. This will allow the provider to be informed on the patient's status and will indicate to the patient that the provider is continuing care to ensure his or her long-term health.

 

 

 


Looking for Technical Assistance?

NH Center for Excellence - Addressing Alcohol and Drug Misuse in NHTechnical assistance for the NH Youth SBIRT Initiative is provided by the NH Center for Excellence. If you are interested in receiving TA for SBIRT implementation, please fill out a technical assistance request on the NH Center for Excellence website.

Please access our learning opportunity card for more information.