In 2012-13, Department of Human Services employees in Hillsdale and Branch Counties received training in SBIRT - Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment - and Motivational Interviewing. The training has also been offered to local hospital staff.
The primary goal of SBIRT is not to identify alcohol- or other drug-dependent individuals. SBIRT is intended to meet the public health goal of reducing the harms and societal costs associated with risky use. (from SBIRT Colorado website)
Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based approach to identifying patients who use alcohol and other drugs at risky levels, with the goal of reducing and preventing related health consequences, disease, accidents and injuries.
SBIRT is unique in that it screens for all types of substance use, not just dependencies. Each part of the SBIRT process provides information and assistance tailored to the individual patient and his or her needs. (SBIRT Colorado website)