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Substance Abuse Screenings in Tennessee (SBIRT-TN)

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment
Nurse Showing Patient Test Results On Digital Tablet

The Office of Prevention and Early Intervention Services for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is excited to offer online Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) training simulations through May 31, 2017 at no charge to you. 

*Click here for login information and to learn more about this unique training opportunity.

SBIRT is a substance abuse screening and referral to treatment initiative. It is patient-centered and offers early intervention to identify and address substance misuse. SBIRT stands for Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment.  It is an education and early intervention tool used in primary care settings.  Care providers who use SBIRT ask all patients about their substance use and discuss use levels confidentially with patients.

A significant number of Americans overuse alcohol or drugs, but not to the extent of "abuse." Research shows that these patients expect to talk to their providers about substance use, and that they are receptive to low-intensity interventions. SBIRT provides the tools to rapidly identify and sensitively discuss risky substance use and enables patients to decrease their use. 

It has been proven effective for patients who are not addicted, but whose substance use puts them at risk for accidents, liver damage, cardiac issues and other serious health concerns. These individuals make up about 20% of the U.S. population.

SBIRT is ideal for use in primary, specialty and emergency care settings.  At intake, all adult patients are asked two questions related to amount and frequency of alcohol and drug use.  When indicated, patients may then receive further screening and be offered a motivational interview or a referral for behavioral health treatment.

Watch this video to learn more and to hear from some of the Tennessee doctors utilizing SBIRT in their practice.

Participating screening locations in Tennessee:

Baptist Memorial Hospital – Memphis 
Dayspring Family Health Center – Jellico
ETSU Family Medicine Associates – Johnson City
ETSU Family Physicians of Bristol – Bristol
ETSU Physicians of Kingsport – Kingsport
Meharry Nashville General Hospital – Nashville
Mountain Health Clinic, LLC – Del Rio
Neighborhood Health Services – Madison
Ripley Medical Clinic – Ripley
Serenity Health Care – Madison
Siloam Family Health Center – Nashville
St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital, St. Louise Clinic – Murfreesboro
Tennessee Army National Guard – Milan
Tennessee Army National Guard – Smyrna
UT Medical Center – Knoxville
UT Family Medicine Center, Residency Program – Jackson
Vanderbilt University Medical Center – Nashville
Women’s Healthcare – Memphis

The service provides universal screening in a primary care setting for risky substance use, coupled with a patient-centered discussion of screening with results between the patient and health care provider. The program is evidence-based and provides appropriate levels of care to all patients, including effective intervention before the need for more extensive or specialized treatment.

SBIRT-TN is committed to training and partnering with Tennessee primary care physicians and healthcare facilities to promote SBIRT as a standard of care in Tennessee.

Click Here to learn how to implement this substance abuse screening project in your agency. 
*Billing codes are available.