What is SBIRT?
SBIRT is an evidence-based approach to identifying people who use alcohol and other drugs at risky levels with the goal of reducing and preventing related health consequences, disease, accidents and injuries. SBIRT stands for Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment.
Why is SBIRT important?
The SBIRT process results in fewer individuals using alcohol and other drugs falling through the cracks. Individuals are more likely to be identified and to benefit from meaningful, evidence-based interventions.
What does the SBIRT course offer?
This course was developed by experts from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA), the Center for Practice Innovations (CPI) at Columbia Psychiatry, Northwell Health and OASAS.
This 4-hour, self-paced, interactive and user-friendly online course will give healthcare professionals the information, motivation, tools and resources that they need to conduct SBIRT in a variety of practice settings. It consists of two modules focusing on the SBIRT practice and two modules focusing on the essential skill of motivational interviewing.
All New York State licensed and/or certified providers are invited to register via CPI's Learning Management System (LMS) and those that score an 80% or higher on each section will pass the course, receive credit and be certified to bill Medicaid for SBIRT services. This course is not available to those outside of New York State.
If you are already registered with CPI's LMS, please follow the steps below:
1. From the home page, click on the "browse for training" button.
2. On the browse for training page, click on the SBIRT training in the "featured training" box in the upper left hand side. - OR - type SBIRTin the search box
3. Choose "request" next to the SBIRT curriculum (look for the icon next to the title)
4. That will place the SBIRT curriculum on your transcript and from there choose "open curriculum".
5. Once inside the curriculum, click on "launch" next to the first training to get started.
If you are not yet registered with CPI's LMS, please visit:
Once your login has been approved, the SBIRT curriculum will automatically be assigned to you. You can access the training by clicking on the "transcript" button after you log in. This assignment process can take up to 30 hours.
For general questions regarding this SBIRT training, please contact Aubrey Feldman, NYSBIRT Project Coordinator at Aubrey.Feldman@oasas.ny.gov