SBIRT in Health Care
SBIRT – Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment – is a method for effectively engaging patients in a brief conversation about health promotion in an effort to reduce the consequences of harmful health behaviors.
Across the nation, SBIRT has been implemented in hospital emergency departments, primary care settings, and community health clinics. Various health care providers from physicians to nurses to health promotion advocates use SBIRT.
The BNI-ART Institute specializes in training health care educators and providers to screen, intervene, and refer patients to treatment who engage in high risk or dependent alcohol or drug use and other preventable, unhealthy risk behaviors. These are significant contributors to illness, injury and death, and engaging patients in positive health behavior change within the limitations of the medical setting is a significant challenge. In addition to training clinical staff, the Institute consults with hospital emergency departments and community health clinics to assist in the development of sustainable SBIRT programs.