SBIRT: Screening Brief Intervention & Referral to Treatment


What is SBIRT?

Most people who misuse alcohol and drugs are unlikely to seek specialty help, but most of these individuals are likely to be seen in primary care medical settings. Screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) represents an innovative, evidence-based program to screen all patients as part of routine medical visits and to identify and assist those patients who are at-risk for problematic behavior.

Rush has produced a series of powerpoint presentations to provide information and training that enable health care professionals to screen patients in any healthcare setting. Our presentations cover both ends of the adult lifespan and are specific to the needs of various underserved communities. 

Pocket guides are handy reference tools for addressing unhealthy alcohol and drug abuse with patients. The card identifies misuse through five universal steps of intervention and provides screening questions to access risk levels and recommended actions based on risk levels. 

Many organizations have endorsed SBIRT as an effective way to make your patients aware that unhealthy use of alcohol and substance abuse is preventable and that treatment works. Learn more about making SBIRT a routine part of every patient visit through the resources provided on this page.

This website is maintained and continually updated by Rush University Medical Center with funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. We welcome your questions and feedback.