Data Transparency Measure:
What is SBIRT?
SBIRT stands for "Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment." SBIRT is an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, abuse, and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs.
SBIRT is not a single assessment tool, but a comprehensive approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for persons with substance use disorders. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) summarizes the reason for each step in the SBIRT process:
- 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.
Why screen for alcohol use and substance abuse? Why implement SBIRT?
According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), more than 22 million people aged 12 years or older have a diagnosable alcohol or illicit drug use disorder. Sadly, for many treatment has either not been offered or has not been sought. In 2010, more than 20 million of those 12 years of age and older needed, but did not receive, substance use treatment at a specialty facility in the last year.
Data from SAMHSA shows that SBIRT has a positive impact on patient health. Read more about the impact in the SBIRT Fact Sheet provided by the ONDCP. By practicing SBIRT, clinics increase access to care for those diagnosed with, or at risk for, substance use disorders.
For more information on this measure, refer to the links below:
- SAMSHA - HRSA SBIRT Website - SBIRT toolkits, workflows and other examples from across the nation.
- The World of SBIRT - a website with many free SBIRT resources and SBIRT webinars.
- SBIRT Oregon - a website created by OHSU Family Medicine with SBIRT videos, screening forms and billing code information.
- Coordinated Care Orginization (CCO) Incentive Measure Definition*
- OHA Guidance Document for SBIRT
- HealthTeamWorks SBIRT Checklist
- SBIRT Implementation and Process Change Manual
*Note: SBIRT has been removed as a CCO incentive measure for 2017.
|QMIC: How to Roll Out an Effective Screening Program, No Matter What the Measure - Jul. 2016 Version:1||2016-12-28||1.45 MB||45|
|SBIRT Screening Guide Version:1||2015-11-09||3.69 MB||227|
|Learning & Sharing Session: SBIRT - Jan. 2015 Version:1||2015-02-25||1.3 MB||432|
|SBIRT Metric Specifications - OPCA SBIRT Pilot Version:v.1||2014-09-23||318.83 KB||451|
|NextGen SBIRT Screening Form Snapshot - White Bird Clinic Version:1||2014-05-29||191.58 KB||673|
|SBIRT Resources Version:1||2017-01-12||1.28 MB||36|
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