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Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

| August 21, 2014

Drug and alcohol misuse are a serious problem both nationally and in Lane County. Alcohol is the most commonly abused drug among youth in the United States. People who start drinking before age 15 are 5x more likely to develop abuse or dependence later in life than those who start after age 21. Between 2008-2010 the National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimated that nearly 25,000 Lane County residents aged 12 and older met the DSM-IV criteria for alcohol abuse or dependence. Primary care providers are an ideal place to help identify and refer to treatment those Lane County residents with alcohol and/or drug dependence. Below are some tools to help you implement SBIRT into your practice.

  • OHSU put together this website, where you can find almost everything you need to implement SBIRT  in a Primary Care setting. You’ll find everything from training videos to information on clinic flow and downloadable screening forms and exam room posters.
  • For more in-depth information on SBIRT for the Medicaid population and billing through OHP, the Oregon Health Authority created this  Guidance document.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also created this Implementation Guide, which can take you step by step through implementing SBIRT in your practice.



Pictured:  Alcohol, drug and PHQ-9 (depression) screenings at a PeaceHealth primary care office in Eugene.

Pictured: Alcohol, drug and PHQ-9 (depression) screening forms at a PeaceHealth primary care office in Eugene.


Category: Alcohol, Health Providers, Mental Health, Other Drugs

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