Medical Care and Behavioral Health Services
What is SBIRT?
SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral
to Treatment) is an evidence-based
comprehensive, integrated public health approach to the delivery of providing early intervention and treatment services
to patients who have risky alcohol or
The SBIRT grant was awarded to Maryland for five years, within that
time, the Maryland Behavioral Health Administration’s plan is to implement and
expand SBIRT into 53 Community Primary Care Centers and two hospitals in 15
jurisdictions across Maryland with the expectation of screening at least 90,000
Importance of SBIRT
The problem of alcohol and drug misuse is widespread in Maryland. By
initiating a conversation and providing information, health care providers can normalize the conversation and help
patients identify risky use early and
make choices that lead to better health.
SBIRT can reduce:
Given SBIRT’s demonstrated cost
and health savings, federal agencies such as the Substance Abuse and Mental
Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Veterans Administration, Department of
Defense and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, as well as
managed care providers and major medical associations, have recommended SBIRT’s
The Maryland SBIRT Project: Change the Conversation for Better Health
The Maryland SBIRT trains health care providers in community health
centers and hospitals throughout Maryland to initiate conversations with
patients about alcohol and drug use, and if necessary, refer patients for
further assessment or treatment. A brief conversation can make a big difference
and lead to better health.
Goals and Objectives
Maryland SBIRT aims to reduce:
Unhealthy Alcohol and Drug Use among Patients in Office-Based Physician
September 21, 2016 from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm.
College on Maryland's Eastern Shore, approximately 25 miles east of the
Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
Cost: Free to attend,
however, registration is required. Other medical and behavioral healthcare
providers are also invited to register.
NOTE: Educational credits will be
offered. Please contact Erica Horney at Mid-Shore Mental Health Systems,
Inc. via email, firstname.lastname@example.org or
by calling 410-770-4801 to
reserve your space.
What’s Your Score?: Screening
Tools & Understanding Your Score
Quick Screen: https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/resource-guide-screening-drug-use-in-general-medical-settings/nida-quick-screen
For more information on the importance of SBIRT, go to http://www.integration.samsha.gov/sbirt_issue_brief.pdf
Reimbursement for SBIRT
Enrollment Center locations (1st year)
If you have any questions about the project, please contact Karol
Harmon, SBIRT Coordinator, Office of Prevention and Wellness Services, Division
of Population-based Health, BHA at email@example.com or
Bonnie Campbell, SBIRT Project Director at bonnie.campbell@BHSBaltimore.org or (410) 637-1900, ext. 7790.
201 W. Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-2399
(410) 767-6500 or 1-877-463-3464