SBIRT Helps Address

Problem Alcohol Use

Illicit Drug Use


Prescription Drug Abuse

What is SBIRT?

SBIRT stands for Screening, Brief Intervention & Referral to Treatment. It is an approach to screening and early intervention for substance use disorders and depression. SBIRT emphasizes combined effort of screening and treatment services as part of the primary care model because substance use disorders and depression directly relate to a person’s whole health. Using the SBIRT model, all adult patients are given a simple screening questionnaire once per year to identify any potential concerns related to substance use disorders and/or depression. If indicated, a patient then receives up to 12 free behavioral health sessions per year to assist in preventing and treating any issues that the patient may be experiencing. The patient may also receive a referral to treatment if they need a higher level of care. Community Health is the sub-recipient of a five-year Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration grant awarded to the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services to implement SBIRT throughout the Community Health system, as well as on several area college campuses. Put simply, We Screen for Your Well-Being!

SBIRT is Recommended

The National Commission on Prevention Priorities ranked the top 25 preventive clinical services recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) on preventable burden (PB) and return on investment (ROI). On this list alcohol screening and intervention ranked #4, just lower than childhood immunizations and smoking cessation, and higher than screening for high blood pressure, cholesterol, STIs, osteoporosis, or breast, cervical, on colon cancer.

The World Health Organization, USPSTF and the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons have endorsed routine SBIRT in primary health care settings and Level 1 Trauma Centers.

USPSTF Top Preventative Recommended Services




Aspirin to Prevent CVS Disease



Smoking Cessation                           –



Childhood Immunizations               –



Alcohol Screening & Intervention   –



PB & ROI Score: 1 = lowest; 5 = highest

Did You Know

No One Is Immune

Alcohol Facts:

  • Prolonged use of alcohol can lead to high blood pressure, stroke, cancer in the mouth, throat, esophagus, liver, and breast, can lower your immune system and lead to other liver and pancreatic issues.
  • 88,000 deaths are annually attributed to excessive alcohol use.
  • Alcoholism is the 3rd leading lifestyle-related cause of death in the nation.
  • Up to 40% of all hospital beds in the United States (except for those being used by maternity and intensive care patients) are being used to treat health conditions that are related to alcohol consumption.

Drug Facts:

  • 90% of Americans with a substance abuse problem started smoking, drinking or using other drugs before age 18.
  • Drug addiction and abuse can be linked to at least ½ of all major crimes committed in the United States.
  • The most addictive drugs are often found in the medicine cabinet. Many people become addicted to medications prescribed by a licensed physician to treat chronic pain, anxiety or sleeplessness.
  • In 2013, more high school seniors regularly used marijuana than cigarettes as 22.7% smoked pot in the last month, compared to 16.3% who smoked cigarettes.

Mental Health Facts:

  • An estimated 20% of the world’s children and adolescents have a mental health disorder.
  • Mental illnesses can affect people of any age, race, religion, or income. It is a medical condition that disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, and ability to relate to others and daily functioning.
  • Mental and substance use disorders are the leading cause of disability worldwide.
  • About 800 000 people commit suicide every year.
  • Stigma and discrimination against patients and families prevent people from seeking mental health care.

It Takes a Team

Our Partners

This Public Education Awareness campaign is brought to you by and made possible through the support of various groups.