Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

The Kentuckiana Health Collaborative is currently developing a tool to increase providers’ awareness of screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) for opioid use disorder (OUD).  SBIRT is an approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment to people with substance use disorders and those at risk for developing these disorders.

  • SCREENING – A healthcare professional administers standardized assessment tools to identify risky opioid use behaviors.
  • BRIEF INTERVENTION – For patients who screen positive for risky behaviors, the health professional facilitates a short conversation including, feedback, motivation, and advice.
  • REFERRAL TO TREATMENT – Patients who require treatment outside of the primary care setting are referred to the appropriate programs. Available treatment options throughout the state of Kentucky can be identified on
  • COMING SOON: Kentucky Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment Provider Guide