Screening, Brief Intervention & Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for Substance Use & Addictive Disorders
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has identified Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) as a strategic priority in the 2016-2020 Nevada Strategic Planning Framework , stating that by 2020, Nevada aims to institutionalize Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment methodology in all integrated behavioral health and primary care settings. In addition, SBIRT is listed as a recommendation in Nevada’s Plan to Reduce to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse.
Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based screening and intervention approach utilizing Motivational Interviewing to identify and assist those who are at risk of moderate or excessive use of alcohol and other drugs and whose substance use is causing or exacerbating poor health conditions. Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a method that works on facilitating and engaging intrinsic motivation within the client in order to change behavior. MI is a goal-oriented, client-centered counseling approach for eliciting behavior change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence.
Trainees will learn about universal screening for quickly assessing use and severity of alcohol, illicit drugs, and prescription drug use, misuse and abuse; brief motivational and awareness-raising intervention given to risky or problematic substance users as well as other addictive disorders; and referral to specialized treatment.
The SBIRT interventions for alcohol and substance use are empirically based, early detection tools that are intended to be fast and versatile. The SBIRT model can be applied to identify and intervene with those who are at-risk of developing substance use disorders and whose use puts them at risk for injury or illness.
- Examine substance use risk and how risk/harm is assessed in health and behavioral healthcare
- Review recommended screening tools for use in examining substance use in adults and adolescents (such as the AUDIT, DAST and CRAFFT)
- Learn and practice evidence based techniques (Motivational Interviewing) for providing a brief intervention for risky substance users
- Discuss resources for linking patients/ clients to specialized treatment and follow-up services