Screening, Brief intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is a means to identify and intervene with patients who use alcohol or drugs in a manner that puts them at increased risk for injury, medical complications, and dependence.
If identified early and appropriately in primary care settings, substance use disorders can be successfully managed without further progression. A similar approach is already being used effectively with tobacco cessation.
SBIRT is a critical component of the Patient Centered Medical Home model that is widely implemented throughout NC and a backbone of health reform.
SBIRT is cost effective.
SBIRT is readily implemented in most health care settings.
SBIRTNC.org is a collaborative project of the Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse, the NC Division of Mental Health, Development Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services (DMHDDSAS), SAMHSA/CSAT, Community Care of North Carolina, and other organizations in the state working to promote evidence-based integrated care.
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