SBIRT Implementation


SBIRT Implementation

Implementing SBIRT in any setting begins with careful planning and discussion among administration and staff. Part of this planning process includes assessing the organization's readiness to change. This can include discussing the settings in which SBIRT will be implemented and the staff will be conducting it. It's also important to discuss how initial staff training and ongoing supervision for SBIRT will be provided. To assist in the SBIRT planning process, administration and staff can discuss the following questions. What are your plans for implementing SBIRT? What screening measures will be used? Who will be conducting the screenings? And what are the unique characteristics and challenges of the program based on the setting?

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For more information, please enroll in our eLearning course, Introduction to Adolescent SBIRT from a Prevention Perspective on


The Introduction to Adolescent SBIRT from a Prevention Perspective e-learning course provides an overview of the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) protocol for use with adolescents (ages 9 to 22). The content of this e-learning course was designed for prevention professionals, school personnel, social workers, addictions counselors, and other non-medical professionals working with adolescents and young adults, in HHS Region 8. Professionals working and residing outside of HHS Region 8 states are welcome to take this course, however, the data sections in the course are specific to HHS Region 8 states (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY).

Other resources from the Introduction to Adolescent SBIRT from a Prevention Perspective e-learning course 


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Conducting SBIRT Virtually




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