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1. Secure funding measures

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2. Identify target population

Identifying your target population is critical to a successful implementation of the SBIRT process.  The target population will inform decision-making surrounding screening questionnaires and protocols, appropriate referral sources, and language used by practitioners, among others.

Potential populations include:

    • Youth (ages 12-17)
    • Young adults (ages 18-24)
    • Adults (ages 25+)

3. Conduct an organizational needs assessment

There are two areas that need to be addressed when changing clinical practice: the clinical content inherent in the new practice and how the new practice will be incorporated into the daily workflow of a busy primary care setting.

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4. Assemble a team

A model will help you to structure the work of changing practice, but you also need to structure your team. This is similar to developing a charter. The team members should represent the different disciplines in your practice setting, for example, MD and/or APRN, RN, MA, practice manager, administrative staff. Each of these disciplines will have a role in not only implementing SBIRT but also participating in how it is used.

A Core Team may include:

    • A Medical Champion
    • A Behavioral Health Specialist
    • An Administrator
    • An EHR/Information Systems Expert
    • An MSW/RN
    • A patient or community member

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