Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) consists of three major components:

  • Screening – health care professional assesses a patient for risky substance use behaviors using standardize screening tools. Screening can occur in any healthcare setting.
  • Brief Intervention – healthcare professional engages a patient showing risky substance use behaviors in a short conversation, providing feedback and advice.
  • Referral to treatment – healthcare professional provides a referral to brief therapy or additional treatment to patients who screen in need of additional services.