Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) and Substance Use Treatment

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This educational course cover the SAMHSAs  Systems Level Implementation of Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment.  This guide describes core elements of screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) programs for people living with or at risk for substance use disorders. It provides information on implementing SBIRT services and covering challenges, barriers, cost, and sustainability. This education covers the Clinical Intake and Screening skill of the Eight Counselor Skill Groups ascribed by NAADAC and NCC AP.

Learning ObjectivesUpon completion of this education course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Define screening, brief intervention, brief treatment, and referral to treatment;
  2. Describe initiating the planning process and developing partnerships in the community;
  3. Identify the appropriate SBIRT treatment settings.



AuthorSubstance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Systems-Level Implementation of Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment. Technical Assistance Publication (TAP)
Series 33. HHS Publication No. (SMA) 13-4741. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2013.

Exam written by: Tamika Lett, PhD Human Services, NCAC II, CSAC, CCTP, QMHP A/C