Integrating Substance Use Assessment in Health Care

When a patient visits a health care setting, the visit presents an opportunity to screen for other health risks and then be referred to supportive resources. Recognizing the importance of this point of intervention, SAMHSA recently launched a new course based on a method called SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment), which walks practitioners through the process of assessing risky substance use, discussing health consequences, and referring patients to supports and treatments.

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