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

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What is SBIRT?

SBIRT is an evidenced based, integrated and comprehensive approach to the Identification, Intervention and Treatment of Substance (Drug and Alcohol) Usage, Domestic Violence, Depression, and Tobacco Usage. The SBIRT program in South Carolina is specific to pregnant women to include 12 months postpartum.

What are the core clinical components of SBIRT?

Screening – Brief process of identifying substance use, behavioral health issues, domestic violence and tobacco use
Brief Intervention – 5-10 minute session to raise awareness of risks and motivate the patient toward acknowledging there is a problem
Referral – When risk is identified and treatment is needed
Treatment – Cognitive behavioral work for member to acknowledge risks and change behavior

Why is SBIRT important?

Research indicates SBIRT may:

  1. Stem progression to independence
  2. Improve medical conditions
  3. Prevent medical conditions related to substance use, abuse and dependence
  4. Decrease trauma related mortality: Alcohol alone is a factor in up to 70% of homicides, 40-50% of fatal motor vehicle accidents, 60% of fatal burns and 40% of fatal falls .

Who supports SBIRT?

  1. The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS)
  2. Advicare Health
  3. All other South Carolina Medicaid health plans: MHNs and MCOs
  4. The South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS)
  5. SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC)

How do I learn more about the SBIRT process?

Please click on SBIRT Tool Kit for the full provider tool kit, which includes:

  1. Screening Tools
  2. Referral Forms
  3. Referral Resource Information
  4. Other information