SBIRT Online Learning Module

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s (DOHMH's) Online Learning Module in Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT).

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The link to participate in the online learning module is at the end of this page.

Physician participants who intend to apply for continuing medical education (CME) must review the following information.

Estimated Time to Complete the Educational Activity

Four hours

Target Audience of Physicians

Physicians practicing in outpatient settings; particularly those seeking training in SBIRT. This module might also be of use to other health care staff involved SBIRT delivery, although only physicians may obtain continuing education units for this activity. Successful completion fulfills New York State’s training requirement for certain credentialed professionals, including physicians, to bill Medicaid for SBIRT services.

Specific Learning Objectives

  • Administer and score validated screening tools for alcohol and drug use.
  • Identify components of and Motivational Interviewing techniques used during a Brief Intervention.
  • Identify when and how to refer patients for specialized treatment.
  • Apply appropriate procedure and diagnostic codes for SBIRT services.

Medium or Combination of Media Used

This CME activity consists of an online learning module; audio narration accompanies the content of the slides; several videos are used to illustrate learning points.

Method of Physician Participation

Listen to and view the introduction and all eight lessons in the online learning module; complete and pass the post-assessment and complete a survey.

Dates of Release, Review/Approval and Termination

The module’s date of original release is April 6, 2017. Its most recently reviewed and approved date for CME is September 17, 2015. The CME termination date is September 16, 2018.

Technical Requirements

The module includes audio narration accompanying slides and several videos. In order to use the module, you must have:

  • Web browser: Internet Explorer 9 and later, Firefox 20 and later, Safari 3 and later, Google Chrome 30 and later, Opera 12 and later
  • Monitor: Display: 1,024 x 768 or higher
  • Multimedia: Sound card plus speakers or headphones/earphones
  • Plug-in player: Adobe Flash Player 11.4 or higher

CME Accreditation

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Accreditation Requirements and Policies of the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY), through the joint providership of MSSNY and DOHMH. MSSNY is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Medical Society of the State of New York designates this online learning module for a maximum of four AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Principal Faculty and Their Credentials

  • Hillary V. Kunins, MD, MPH, MS
  • Jessica A. Kattan, MD, MPH
  • Jennifer McNeely, MD, MS
  • John McAteer, LCSW-R
  • Louis Cuoco, DSW

CME Disclaimer

This product was developed in accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support.

Financial support was provided by Community Transformation Grant funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The planners and presenters do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in these materials.

Policy on Privacy and Confidentiality

The information collected for participation in this activity, and for obtaining CME and New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services Standardized Certificate of Completion will be handled in accordance with DOHMH’s Policy for Handling Sensitive Information.

To start the SBIRT module, click here to create or log in to your account.