What is SBIRT?
Screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services. It is used to identify and intervene with:
- Those who use alcohol and/or other substances as risky levels
- Persons with substance use disorders
Primary care centers, hospitals, and other community settings provide excellent opportunities for early intervention with at-risk substance users and intervention for persons with substance use disorders.
- Screening: Universal screening for quickly assessing the use and severity of alcohol; illicit drugs; and prescription drug use and misuse.
- Brief Intervention: Brief motivational and awareness-raising intervention given to risky or problematic substance users.
- Referral to Treatment: Referrals to specialty care for patients with alcohol and substance use disorders (may consist of brief treatment or specialty treatment).