Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT): What Every Healthcare System Administrator Should Know About SBIRT

Substance use disorders, mental health issues, and physical health problems are closely linked.  Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based approach that healthcare systems can implement to bring behavioral healthcare into their practice by screening for substance use disorders and intervening appropriately.

Why should you attend? There are many aspects of SBIRT that fit very well with many of the changes that primary healthcare providers will need to adjust to and address including:
  • Bidirectional integration as an important component of preparing primary healthcare and behavioral health systems for the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act. 
  • Morbidity from alcohol and drug use can be effectively reduced by brief interventions in general health care settings
  • Legislation requires a screen according to PA97-1061: Uniform Screening, but many practices don't screen effectively and are not informed how to access treatment resources;
  • Behavioral health components in the essential health benefits;
  • Expansion of services that are holistic and preventive in nature;
By attending this introductory meeting you will...
  • learn about the potential outcomes of implementing SBIRT;
  • be introduced to the different components of SBIRT;
  • describe the characteristics of an effective implementation of an SBIRT approach;
  • be able to explore how SBIRT fits within different healthcare systems, i.e., Hospitals, EAPs, Single Practice Providers, Federally Qualified Healthcare Systems; and
  • learn the potential for billing depending on your healthcare system and the populations you serve; and
  • leave with the knowledge to determine if SBIRT is appropriate for your organization.
Who Should Attend? 
  • Primary health care administrators, including Chief Medical Officers, particularly Women's Clinics (who can bill Medicaid for pregnant women) and Geriatric Services (can bill Medicare)
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Center administrators,
  • Policy Makers
  • Third Party Payors
  • Program Development/Planning staff

This training is introductory!  Further support includes...

  • Free resources, including information and materials that are free to copy and use;
  • Subsequent training available by scheduled interactive webinar and recorded webinar for your convenience.
  • Free targeted training and technical assistance will be available upon request
Registration deadline date is Wednesday, July 17

CHICAGO - July 23
University of Illinois at Chicago 
School of Public Health
1603 W. Taylor Street
1st Floor Auditorium
Chicago, IL 60612
IL Department of Transportation 
2300 South Dirksen Parkway 
Room: Auditorium 
Springfield, IL 62764
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July 23, 2013
Registration: 9:30 am
Presentations: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

July 24, 2013
Registration: 10:30 am
Presentations: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Parking is available at the Paulina/Taylor Parking Structure located at
915 S. Paulina
corner of Paulina & Taylor
Please bring parking ticket with you to the event for parking validation.


Designated 'Green Visitor' parking is located across from building.

Please contact 
Rafael Rivera at 
This event is made possible by Grant Number T1023455 from the United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment to the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse. The information provided by the presenters do not necessarily represent the official views of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment or the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse.