Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral for Treatment Program

SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral for Treatment) is an integrated public health evidence-based practice (EBP) aimed at fostering healthier communities. Our program focuses on universal screening and assessing the risk of substance use disorders, addressing moderate-to-high substance use, and intervening early to mitigate potential harm.

SBIRT is a proactive approach to identifying and addressing substance use issues before they escalate. Our program is characterized by its brevity, comprehensiveness, and utilization of universal screening techniques. Through the application of Motivational Interviewing, we engage clients in constructive conversations about their substance use behaviors, guiding them toward healthier choices.

SBIRT is not only effective but also cost-efficient. By intervening early, we reduce the severity of drug and alcohol use, preventing the escalation of substance-related problems. This not only improves individual well-being but also alleviates the burden on healthcare systems, resulting in substantial cost savings for everyone involved.

Who should use SBIRT?

SBIRT is suitable for a wide range of professionals and settings, including

  • Counselors
  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Pastors, Clergy
  • Public Health Workers
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Other Service Providers

By empowering diverse professionals, we extend the reach of early intervention efforts, ensuring that individuals receive the support they need, regardless of where they seek help.

From primary care clinics to community organizations and educational institutions to workplaces, SBIRT services can be implemented across a variety of settings. By adapting to the unique needs of each environment, SBIRT maximizes its impact, reaching individuals where they are most receptive to intervention.

Learn more about SBIRT and discover helpful screening tools, resources, and reimbursement codes through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Upcoming SBIRT Trainings

Our latest training was a Module 2 course in January 2024. Check back soon for more upcoming opportunities.

For questions or additional information about training for both instructors and participants, please email Kayla Warren at

Additional Training Resources

Several training curriculums and resources exist for implementing SBIRT including clinical delivery, operational structure and system sustainability.

Screening Tools

Field Instructors