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

The Kentuckiana Health Collaborative has partnered with the Kentucky Opioid Response Effort (KORE), a federal grant to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services as part of the 21st Century Cures Act. The purpose of KORE is to expand access to evidence-based opioid prevention, treatment, recovery, and harm reduction services and supports in response to Kentucky’s opioid crisis.

As part of KORE, the Kentuckiana Health Collaborative has developed a toolkit for primary care providers to Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), an insurance reimbursable approach to screening and treatment for people with substance use disorders and those at risk of developing them. The focus is on SBIRT’s application to opioid use disorder.

This toolkit has been dispersed to providers throughout the state through a mailing. Additional information will be made available through a webinar.  The Kentuckiana Health Collaborative aims to increase provider awareness and utilization of SBIRT services, to ultimately improve screening and referral to treatment for opioid use disorder.

What is SBIRT?


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 further assessment or treatment  are referred to the appropriate programs.

Webinar: Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) – Addressing Unhealthy Substance Use in Primary Care Settings

October 10, 2018 12:00pm-1:00pm EST.

The Kentuckiana Health Collaborative will host an interactive webinar on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 to discuss the adoption of Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) in primary care settings as a means to addressing unhealthy substance use among patients. Complementary to the recently released toolkit, the webinar will expand and review on the SBIRT process. We will establish rationale for implementation, identify possible barriers and solutions, and create community linkages to assist in the process. A panel of expert speakers will discuss these topic areas from various perspectives. There will be additional time for Q&A from the participants.


  • Natalie Middaugh, Project Coordinator, Kentuckiana Health Collaborative
  • Mallori DeSalle, MA, LMHC, CCMHC, NCC, MATS, CPS, Outreach Coordinator and Lead SBIRT Trainer, Indiana Prevention Resource Center, Indiana University
  • Eric Bailly, LPC, LADC, CM Business Solutions Director, Behavioral Health Clinical Strategy, Anthem Inc.
  • Jessica Beal, Psy.D., Integrated Care Program Manager, Behavioral Health Department, Passport Health Plan

Webinar: SBIRT - Addressing Unhealthy Substance Use in Primary Care Settings

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