On October 29, 2015, HMA Information Services hosted the webinar, “Rethinking SBIRT: Lessons from the Past 10 Years, Strategies for the Next.”
It’s been 10 years since the first grants for Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) programs for addiction were implemented. Although underutilized and in many ways misunderstood, SBIRT still possesses tremendous potential to positively reshape and help coordinate care for people struggling with addiction.
During this webinar, HMA experts discuss the evolution of SBIRT and outline how the program is poised for a resurgence as providers, public health policy experts and funding organizations leverage SBIRT’s potential in an increasingly integrated healthcare environment. Listen to the recording and:
- Learn why SBIRT is a far more flexible protocol than typically understood, allowing for choice of screening tools, brief interventions, and tight integration into existing care delivery systems.
- Understand the key barriers to the implementation of SBIRT, including the tendency to silo SBIRT as a behavioral health service, provider resistance to addiction services, inadequate referral, and lack of adequate focus on the brief intervention component of the protocol.
- Find out how to leverage the support of states, foundations and others willing to fund SBIRT as an effective protocol for addiction.
- Learn how to overcome the myths about substance use and shift provider culture and attitudes – resulting in a rich adoption of SBIRT.
- Understand the potential for expanding SBIRT’s reach, with the next wave likely to focus on non-traditional settings like schools, county jails, and possibly even organizations that provide housing, meals and other human services.
Margarita Pereyda, MD, Principal, Southern California
Gina Lasky, HMA Community Strategies Project Manager, Denver
The slide deck for this webinar can be retrieved by clicking the “DOWNLOAD” button below.