Performance Improvement 2013-2014. What Has Been the Impact of the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment Program on Treatment Systems?

01/01/2014

This study conducted an evaluation of the Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) program. The program initiative is intended to assist States and Tribal Organizations in redesigning care that identifies, treats, and provides continued management support for persons with substance use problems in both community and specialist settings. There is an emerging body of research and clinical experience that supports use of the SBIRT approach as providing effective early intervention for those persons who are nondependent users of illicit drugs.

Findings included consistent and statistically significant reductions in patients' alcohol and illicit drug use following the receipt of SBIRT services. Additional findings suggested that SBIRT is an economically viable preventative service. SBIRT has a high likelihood of being sustained and of increasing the integration between the medical and specialty care systems.

Report Title: SBIRT Cohort 1 Cross-Site Evaluation Final Report
Agency Sponsor: SAMHSA, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Federal Contact: Willie Tompkins, 240-276-2899
Performer: SAMHSA
Record ID: 8878 (September 30, 2013)

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