What is SBIRT?

Screening, Brief, Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based early intervention practice to identify, reduce, and prevent misuse and severe problems with alcohol, marijuana, prescription, and illicit drugs. It is recommended by many organizations including the CDC, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, American Academy of Pediatrics, SAMHSA, Veterans Administration, and many others. When combined with community level prevention strategies, SBIRT contributes to the prevention of disease, injury, death, and other negative consequences of alcohol and drug misuse in individuals, families, and communities.


The SBIRT in Colorado program includes: No-cost in-person and online training, technical assistance to support SBIRT implementation, outreach and policy engagement, and a public awareness campaign to reduce stigma and increase help-seeking (One Degree: Shift the Influence).  

We have more than 10 years of SBIRT implementation and evaluation experience. Colorado received two consecutive, five-year grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to implement SBIRT in our state: 2006-2011 and 2011-2016.


When providers explain to patients how substance use effects health, change happens. This is an important conversation showing your commitment to care and supporting your patients’ wellness. It’s been proven that you can motivate individuals to change. Routine screening is a quick, easy way to identify and intervene with patients whose use puts them at risk for health issues. A small investment that reaps large rewards with validated SBIRT screening tools. You can access free training, consultation services and support from SBIRT in Colorado. Find out how SBIRT can be implemented in your setting.