Screening, Intervention, and Referral

Manuals From the Illinois SBIRT Initiative

Begun in 2003, the National SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral, and Treatment) Program is a ground-breaking approach toward intervening earlier in the lives of people who have, or risk developing, substance use disorders (SUD) like substance dependence and substance abuse.  Funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (SAMHSA. CSAT), SBIRT has helped thousands of people:
  • Learn about substance use disorders and their risk factors
  • Take steps to reduce their risk
  • Get help (treatment or motivational-enhancement services) if they need it
This program works through screening, brief intervention, and referral services introduced into settings where people naturally seek medical help, including hospitals, trauma centers, emergency departments, community clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and school clinics.  It takes a non-stigmatizing, medical approach toward understanding substance use issues and their risks and consequences.

The Illinois SBIRT Initiative (ISI) received one of the first eight grants awarded under this program.  With sponsorship by the Office of the Governor, State of Illinois, and leadership and administrative oversight from the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (DHS, DASA), the Initiative also included a number of other dynamic and highly committed partners:
  • The Cook County Bureau of Health Services, in charge of implementing the program in hospitals and community-based clinics
  • Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities, providing referral and case management
  • The Great Lakes Addiction Technology Transfer Center, providing training and systems-change assistance
  • Chestnut Health Systems, Illinois Health Survey Lab, providing follow-up and evaluation services
  • Eleven publicly funded SUD treatment providers, who provided a new Brief Treatment Model developed by DHS, DASA
  • The ISI Policy Steering Committee, a multidisciplinary body that provided leadership and assistance in the project's ongoing development

Pam Woll,
Dec 14, 2009, 9:47 AM
Pam Woll,
Dec 14, 2009, 9:48 AM