Volume VII, Issue I - July 2013

From:  Theodora Binion, Director
Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse


Substance use disorders, mental health issues, and physical health problems are closely linked. Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based approach that healthcare systems can implement to bring behavioral healthcare into their practice by screening for substance use disorders and intervening appropriately.

Why should you attend? There are many aspects of SBIRT that fit very well with many of the changes that primary healthcare providers will need to adjust to and address including:

  • Bidirectional integration as an important component of preparing primary healthcare and behavioral health systems for the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act;
  • Morbidity from alcohol and drug use can be effectively reduced by brief interventions in general health care settings;
  • Legislation requires a screen according to PA97-1061: Uniform Screening, but many practices do not screen effectively and are not informed how to access treatment resources;
  • Behavioral health components in the essential health benefits; and
  • Expansion of services that are holistic and preventive in nature.

By attending this introductory meeting, you will:

  • Learn about the potential outcomes of implementing SBIRT;
  • Be introduced to the different components of SBIRT;
  • Describe the characteristics of an effective implementation of an SBIRT approach;
  • Be able to explore how SBIRT fits within different healthcare systems, i.e., Hospitals, EAPs, Single Practice Providers, Federally Qualified Healthcare Systems;
  • Learn the potential for billing depending on your healthcare system and the populations you serve; and
  • Leave with the knowledge to determine if SBIRT is appropriate for your organization.

Who Should Attend?

  • Primary health care administrators, including Chief Medical Officers, particularly Women's Clinics (who can bill Medicaid for pregnant women) and Geriatric Services (can bill Medicare);
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Center administrators;
  • Policy Makers;
  • Third Party Payors; and
  • Program Development/Planning staff.

This training is introductory! Further support includes:

  • Free resources, including information and materials that are free to copy and use;
  • Subsequent training available by scheduled interactive webinar and recorded webinar for your convenience; and
  • Free targeted training and technical assistance will be available upon request.

SPACE IS LIMITED! Registration deadline date is Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Please go the following Web page: http://tinyurl.com/nztk778.