Introduction to Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

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Welcome to this Introduction to Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). The acronym, S-B-I-R-T, is pronounced ess-birt. Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment is an evidence-based strategy for identifying alcohol consumption and at-risk drinking among adolescents, talking with them about their alcohol use and, when appropriate, making them aware of resources available to them. SBIRT requires training beyond the scope of this tutorial. Training is easy to obtain and requires about four hours. Resources for additional training are listed at the end of the program.

Goals

The goal of this course is to introduce Texas Health Steps providers and others to best practices in SBIRT and provide them with resources for obtaining training and instituting routine screening and early intervention for adolescent patients with substance use disorders or risk for developing such disorders.

Target Audience

Texas Health Steps providers and other interested health-care professionals.

Specific Learning Objectives

After completing the activities of this tutorial, you will be able to:

  1. Determine one reason why Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is recommended for use with adolescents.
  2. Specify two tools providers may use to screen young people for substance use.
  3. Evaluate three resources that help providers overcome their reluctance to address substance use with adolescents.

All data presented in the tutorial reflect the most recent year for available data.

This module includes a pre-test, post-test, and course evaluation. You must take the pre-test before beginning the course. After completing the course, you must take a post-test and score at least 75 percent to pass. After passing the post-test and completing the course evaluation, you will be able to print a certificate of completion.


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