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What is SBIRT?

SBIRT (ess-bert) is for everyone.

Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is a vital piece of technology for addressing risky substance use in a variety of settings.  But it is not a gadget; it is a conversation.

SBIRT is an evidence-based strategy for:

  • Identifying risky substance use;
  • Reducing alcohol use; and
  • Facilitating integration and teamwork among behavioral health, mainstream healthcare, and human service providers.

IRETA has experience training groups and individuals on SBIRT skills and implementation.

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SBIRT is a public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for people with substance use disorders and those at risk of developing these disorders.

– Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Before we started doing SBIRT, we didn’t know what to do with certain patients. We knew they were drug-seeking…and they just kept coming back.

– Tami Slain, RN, Nurse Educator

When you implement SBIRT, you’re taking a conversation that has historically been had in treatment centers out into the community.  People may be shocked that you’re asking these questions. But it’s GOOD that you’re asking these questions.

– Geneva Sanford, LCSW, SBIRT Trainer