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SBI Tool Kit

Screening and Brief Intervention Toolkit

Watch a demonstration video of San Diego CASBIRT Health Educators conducting a screening and brief intervention of a patient at-risk for drug use.

Purpose Statement:

Screening and Brief Intervention is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention to individuals at-risk for developing substance abuse disorders. The purpose of the SBI toolkit is to provide background information, materials, and resources to assist and encourage those who are interested in developing and implementing SBI services in their particular setting.

How to Use the Toolkit

This toolkit is intended for service providers that are interested in learning about, developing, implementing, and/or providing SBI services. This toolkit is separated into sections to make it easier to identify materials that will be useful in specific setting(s).

The Overview, Motivational Interviewing, and Glossary sections provide information materials that are useful across all settings.

The sections for SBI in Specific Settings, and Screening Tools provide information materials that target specific settings.

The Studies in SBI section provides data and research from studies on the impact of providing SBI services.

Readers can access the contents of the toolkit by clicking on a section of interest to be directed to the source of the information.

Overview

The Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) briefing paper was developed by the Governor’s Prevention Advisory Council’s (GPAC) Subcommittee on SBIRT to provide the reader with an introduction to SBI.

Screening and Brief Intervention: Making a Public Health Difference

This 27 page report from Join Together provides an overview on SBI, and discusses barriers to expanded utilization and makes recommendations on ways to boost understanding and use of this important tool.

SBI in Specific Settings

  • NIDA Screening for Drug Use in General Medical Settings New!

    This Resource Guide is intended to provide clinicians serving adult populations in general medical settings with the screening tools and procedures necessary to conduct screening, brief intervention, and/or treatment referral for patients who may have or be at risk of developing a substance use disorder.

  • The Alcohol SBI for Trauma Patients

  • This 16 page guide developed by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma provides tips for planning and implementing an SBI program; a description for screening methods and different screening instruments; as well as the components of a brief intervention.
  • NHMA Screening and Brief Intervention Toolkit For the Hispanic Patient

  • This toolkit was developed by the National Hispanic Medical Association. It provides three components: A summary of existing screening tools with a recommendation by Hispanic physicians; a quick reference card (English and Spanish) that can be used for brief interactions with patients; and a guide to communicating effectively with Hispanic patients developed with input from members of the National Hispanic Medical Association.

  • SBI in Primary Care Settings

  • A six page scholarly article about the significance of implementing alcohol screening and brief intervention programs in the primary care settings published in the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s (NIAAA) quarterly, peer-reviewed scientific journal, Alcohol Research & Health.

  • Bridges to Care – Toolkit for Engaging Pregnant Women New!

  • This link to Contra Costa County Health Services Bridges to Care toolkit gives health care providers tools, including screening and brief intervention, to engage pregnant women who use alcohol and drugs in prenatal care.

  • American Public Health Association SBI Manual New!

  • The purpose of this manual is to provide public health professionals, such as health educators and community health workers, with the information, skills, and tools needed to conduct SBI.

  • The SBI Toolkit for College and University Campuses

    This toolkit was produced by the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It provides guidance for conducting a screening and brief intervention; the AUDIT instrument for screening; as well as descriptions of the effects of alcohol and lower-risk drinking strategies.
  • SBI in the Workplace

  • This toolkit was developed by Ensuring Solutions to Alcohol Problems at the George Washington University Medical Center. It provides methodologies and tools for SBI, guidance on how to refer employees to treatment and other services, and methods for keeping track of progress and outcomes.

  • SBI in the Criminal Justice System

  • A nine page scholarly article about the significance of implementing alcohol screening and brief intervention programs in the criminal justice system published in the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s (NIAAA) quarterly, peer-reviewed scientific journal, Alcohol Research & Health.

Screening Tools

This document on the Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST) was developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and an international team of substance use researchers as a simple method of screening for hazardous, harmful and dependent use of alcohol, tobacco and other psychoactive substances.

The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) was developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a simple method of screening for excessive drinking and to assist in brief assessment. This manual introduces the AUDIT and describes how to use it.

Brief Intervention

  • Brief Intervention for Substance Use: A manual for use in primary care (pdf) New!
  • This document on brief intervention for substance use was developed by the World Health Organization (WHO); together with the ASSIST guidelines for use manual, this manual presents a comprehensive approach to screening and brief intervention which is tailored to the specific circumstances of primary care.

Motivational Interviewing

  • Motivation for Change and Alcoholism Treatment

  • A seven page article about the role of motivation in alcoholism treatment, published in the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s (NIAAA) quarterly, peer-reviewed scientific journal, Alcohol Research & Health. 

Studies in SBI

  • UCLA Mental Health ASSIST Implementation NEW!

  • The research reported here is based on experiential evidence from clinicians who administered the Alcohol, Smoking, and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST) screening tool and brief intervention to college students at UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), which participated in a 3-year SAMHSA services grant to implement SBI services on a college campus.

  • Medicaid Cost Outcomes

  • The Washington State Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (WASBIRT) Project compares the changes in Medicaid costs for clients who received at least a brief intervention through the WASBIRT Project, and clients who did not receive an intervention through the program.

Glossary

A compilation of commonly used terms.