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Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for Substance Use Disorders in Primary Care Settings

Jeanne Manubay, MD

Target Audience: This activity is designed and accredited for nurses, physicians, physician assistants, social workers, pharmacists, interprofessional teams, and other health professionals. 

Module Description:
Given the high prevalence of substance use disorders among primary care patients, as well as the continuing epidemic of opioid use disorders, it is important to routinely screen your patients for substance use disorders. This module describes the SBIRT model (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment), an evidence-based practice that has shown significant success in varied clinical settings at reducing alcohol and illicit substance use. Validated, structured screening tools are provided and the components of how to implement brief interventions with your patients are described. The module also discusses approved treatments for substance use disorders, as well as guidelines for when to refer your patient for other options.​ 

Educational Objectives:

  • Identify appropriate screening tools to detect substance use
  • Determine the severity of substance use disorders to help guide treatment
  • Review the components of a brief intervention
  • Describe how to provide follow-up appointments and referrals as needed
Availability: On-Demand
Expires on Feb 24, 2026
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
0.75 CME Credit
0.75 PA-CME Credit
0.75 Other Professionals Credit
0.75 Social Work (ACE) Credit
0.75 Nursing Credit
0.75 Pharmacy Credit
0.75 IPCE Credit
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Funding for this initiative was made possible by cooperative agreement no. 1H79TI086770 and grant no. 1H79TI085588 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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