SBIRT is an evidence-based public health approach for identifying patients who use alcohol and other drugs at risky levels with the goal of reducing and preventing related health consequences, disease, accidents and injuries. SBIRT can be conducted by any trained healthcare provider.
Snapshots of SBIRT Success in Vermont
In Vermont, SBIRT is helping to improve population health with a variety of providers implementing and adopting its proven approach to screening, intervention, and treatment.
SBIRT: Moving Forward on Population Health, Wellness, & Prevention
Snapshot of Success: Dr. Heather Stein, a Family Medicine Physician at Community Health Centers of Burlington.
Snapshot of Success: Dr. Mark Depman, Emergency Department Medical Director at Central Vermont Medical Center.
Snapshot of Success: Dr. Cheryl Flynn, Student Health Medical Director at UVM’s Center for Health & Wellbeing
Universal Screening – Efficiently screen everyone for risky substance use and depression
Initial screening – Includes alcohol, drugs and depression
Secondary screening – Defines level of risk severity and appropriate plan of action
Brief Intervention – Motivational conversation focused on changing risky behavior
Brief Treatment – Embedded behavioral health clinician delivers outpatient treatment
Referral to Specialty Treatment – Linkages in place for referral to intensive levels of treatment