Substance use by adolescents is a significant public health problem and is associated with both acute and long-term health problems.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and other organizations recommend screening and brief intervention to prevent or reduce substance use as part of routine care for adolescents.
Use these tools to examine the application of SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) in various youth settings.
Administering and Interpreting Adolescent-Specific Screening Instruments and Results
Featuring Tracy McPherson, Ph.D.; Holly Hagle, Ph.D.; and Brett Harris, Ph.D.
Featured SBIRT Programs with Dr. Tosan Oruwariye
SBIRT in school-based health centers in the Bronx, NY.
Featuring Geoff Miller
King County, Washington, implemented a school-based extended brief interview SBIRT model.
New Hampshire Youth SBIRT Initiative, Featuring Amy Pepin
The initiative targets young people at primary care sites across NH. The presentation describes the structure of this vanguard initiative, the target sites, and specifics regarding the components of the SBIRT process.
Featuring Bridget Murphy and Evan Elkin
A five-site pilot of a new SBIRT model with juvenile justice involved youth (SBIRT JJ) located in Vermont, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, and Washington.
A New Adolescent SBIRT Toolkit for Educators, Featuring Dr. Tracy McPherson
Covering NORC at the University of Chicago’s Adolescent SBIRT Instructor’s Toolkit for Social Work, Nursing and Other Educators
Mastering SBIRT Skills Using Virtual Patients: A Next-Generation Approach, Featuring Cyrille Adam
SBIRT skill-building through virtual patients.
Developing an SBIRT Model for Use in Juvenile Justice Settings, Featuring Karli Keator and Keith Cruise
Juvenile justice systems continue to seek better solutions to meet the challenges of addressing substance use, mental health, or trauma-related needs as early and as effectively as possible.
Guides and More
The AAP Substance Use Screening and Intervention Implementation Guide
Information about each component of SBIRT, as well as the importance of addressing adolescent substance use, including alcohol. This resource supports AAP recommendations to use a validated screening tool at every visit, offer brief intervention tailored to the screening results, and refer patients to treatment when necessary.
SBIRT for Adolescents: Why & How Twitter Chat
Using the hashtag “#SBIRT4youth,” IRETA, The Hilton Foundation, and The National Council for Behavioral Health hosted a Twitter chat on SBIRT for adolescents during December 2016. Participants representing organizations from across the county joined to share their ideas, successes, and challenges. The above link leads to a curated summary of the chat.
Adolescent SBIRT Curriculum
This curriculum offers skills-based education on Adolescent SBIRT. The curriculum is comprised of an Instructor’s Toolkit containing the Learner’s Guide to Adolescent SBIRT with companion slide decks and supplemental resources, and the web-based SBI with Adolescents simulation program.
The CRAFFT Screening Tool
The CRAFFT is a behavioral health screening tool for use with persons under the age of 21 and is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Substance Abuse for use with adolescents.
Trust for America’s Health, Reducing Teen Substance Misuse: What Really Works.
Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention for Youth: A Practitioner’s Guide
Designed to help health care professionals quickly identify youth at risk for alcohol-related problems.
Adolescent SBIRT Toolkit for Providers
This guide was developed through a partnership between The Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Abuse Services; The Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, Division of Child and Adolescent Services; and the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project.