Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is a framework to identify patients with risky substance use through universal screening and to discuss health behavior changes. SBIRT has been demonstrated to reduce alcohol consumption and decrease health care utilization. It is recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

For more information about using SBIRT, see:

Online SBIRT Learning Module

The NYC Department of Health’s free online learning module for SBIRT provides participants with training on:

  • Alcohol and drug-related epidemiology
  • Evidence base of SBIRT
  • Screening approaches and tools
  • How to conduct a brief intervention
  • When and how to refer to specialized treatment
  • Motivational Interviewing and relation to SBIRT
  • Documentation and billing

Physician participants who successfully complete this module will receive four credits of continuing medical education. Successful completion also fulfills the State’s training requirement for certain credentialed professionals — including physicians, nurse practitioners, and psychologists — to bill Medicaid for SBIRT services. This module could also be useful for other health care staff involved in SBIRT delivery.