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 will be 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.
For patients who screen positive for risky behaviors, the health professional facilitates a short conversation including, feedback, motivation, and advice.
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 www.fndhelpnow.ky.gov