Upcoming Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Training:
Community Recovery Resources, UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs and the Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County partner again this year to provide free SBIRT Training at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital for physicians and other medical and healthcare professionals.
The free training offers 5.5 hours of CME credits and includes breakfast and lunch
When: December 8th from 9 – 4
Where: SNMH Outpatient Center, 2nd Floor Conference Rooms
To Register: fax registration form to Grant Hovik, UCLA at: (310)312-0538 or by phone: 310)267-5408 or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration form available for download at: www.drugfreenevadacounty.org
For more information contact: Shelley Rogers: Email: email@example.com or phone (530)273-9541 ext. 220
An Ounce of Prevention: Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment is an early intervention strategy designed to identify those who present for medical or behavioral healthcare that are at particular risk due to alcohol or drug misuse or abuse. For example, those presenting with an injury, illness or behavioral health problem related to substance use or misuse may respond well at this teachable moment to motivation for change. This early intervention approach represents a paradigm shift in the provision of treatment for substance use and abuse. Research has amply proven that substance abuse is an underlying cause of multiple health problems, leading to increased risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, liver problems, and even osteoporosis and damage to the nervous system. By screening and intervening before the problem is acute—the primary goal of SBIRT—these resultant health problems, as well as myriad social ramifications, can be mitigated or avoided.
Screening quickly assesses the severity of substance use and identifies the appropriate level of treatment. Brief intervention focuses on increasing insight and awareness regarding substance use and motivation toward behavioral change. Referral to treatment provides those identified as needing more extensive treatment with access to specialty care. The explicit goals of SBIRT, as identified by SAMHSA, are to increase access to care for those with substance use disorders and those at risk of substance use disorders; foster a continuum of care by integrating prevention, intervention, and treatment; and improve linkages between health care services and alcohol/drug treatment services.
Worth a Pound of Cure: SBIRT research has shown that large numbers of individuals at risk of developing serious alcohol or other drug problems may be identified through primary care screening. According to SAMHSA, interventions such as SBIRT have been found to decrease the frequency and severity of drug and alcohol use, reduce the risk of trauma, and increase the percentage of patients who enter specialized substance abuse treatment. In addition to decreases in substance abuse, screening and brief interventions have also been associated with fewer hospital days and fewer emergency department visits. Cost-benefit analyses and cost-effectiveness analyses have demonstrated net-cost savings from these interventions.
Billable: Billing codes allow practitioners to be reimbursed for providing SBIRT services. Reimbursement for screening and brief intervention is available through commercial insurance, Medicare and Medicaid.