Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) – 09/24/16

July 27, 2016

A Successful Early Intervention Approach…

Upcoming SBIRT Training: A no cost professional development training.  

The UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs will present this free SBIRT Training at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. The training offers 4 continuing education credits/contact hours (CEs/CEUs) . Breakfast snacks and lunch will be provided for attendees. .
Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital SBIRT Training:

When: September 24th 2016
Where: Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Outpatient Center, 1st  Floor Conference Rooms
155 Glasson Way Grass Valley, CA

Training check-in will begin at 8:00 am and the training is scheduled to commence at 8:30 am and conclude at 1:00 pm.
Pre-registration is required.
Registration online at:

For more information contact Shelley Rogers: Email: or phone (530)273-7956

SBIRT is an evidence based approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment for people with substance use disorders and those at risk of developing these disorders.

Screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment are effective in a variety of settings. Its effectiveness has been proven particularly effective in hospital emergency departments and trauma centers with individuals with alcohol-related injuries. SBIRT has also been shown to be effective in primary care settings, where it is incorporated into other routine medical assessments such as measuring blood pressure. This training focuses on screening procedures to identify risk; key motivational interviewing concepts and principles that are tied to effective use of the FLO (Feedback; Listen and Understand; Options Explored) brief intervention; and referral to treatment for patients with more serious substance use-related problems. At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to: (1) Describe the background and rationale for conducting SBIRT in a variety of health settings; (2) Explain how to utilize screening procedures to identify patients engaged in at-risk substance use behaviors; and (3) Demonstrate a three-step motivational interviewing-based brief intervention strategy to motivate patients to change their at-risk behavior and/or seek treatment.

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. The explicit goals of SBIRT, as identified by SAMHSA, are to increase access to care for those with substance use disorders and those at risk of substance use disorders; foster a continuum of care by integrating prevention, intervention, and treatment; and improve linkages between health care services and alcohol/drug treatment services.



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