SBIRT - South Texas Area Residency Training Program (S-START)

Resource Documents

Various resources related to SBIRT training:



NIDA Centers of Excellence


SBIRT Screening Tools

SBIRT Curriculum Guides

  • Medical Education and Research Foundation (MERF)
    Provides screening and curriculum resources for the treatment of alcoholism and other drug dependencies.
  • Project Mainstream Syllabus 
    Includes modules on Screening and Assessment, Brief Intervention, and Motivational Interviewing
  • Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention Curriculum. Boston University.
    This web-based tool can be used to teach skills for addressing alcohol problems (e.g. screening, assessment, brief intervention, and referral) in primary care settings, with an emphasis on cross-cultural efficacy. It includes a power point slide presentation, trainer notes, and 3 case-based videos demonstrating skills for addressing alcohol problems in primary care settings.
  • Online Learning Module: The Clinical Assessment of Substance Use Disorders
    National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Barbara Schindler, MD, Ted Parran Jr., MD, and Christof Daetwyler, MD; Drexel University, College of Medicine, NIDA.
  • The College Drinking Prevention Curriculum for Health Care Providers, NIAAA.
    This NIAAA web-based curriculum is aimed at campus based health clinics and other health care professionals. The curriculum covers screening, brief interventions, and motivational interviewing along with a workbook, role play scenarios and an attitude exercise. It can be downloaded as a PDF document.
  • Creating an SBI program in a trauma center. Center for Disease Control & Prevention.
    A guide for implementing alcohol screening and brief intervention (SBI) in trauma centers. This guide provides step-by-step suggestions for creating an SBI program in trauma centers, many of which are now required to do so by the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons.
  • SBIRT Training Toolkit, Emergency Nurses Association.

    Resources to engage professionals in the field of injury prevention, trauma, social services, and others to address alcohol-related morbidity and mortality in their patient population. The goal of this website is to reduce return visits to emergency departments in the U.S. for alcohol related injuries and illness.

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SBIRT for Adolescents


Drug Abuse


Smoking-Tobacco Cessation

Alcohol is a service of Join Together, a project of the Boston University School of Public Health, that is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention, A Guide for Public Health Practitioners . American Public Health Association
An clearly written resource providing tables and comparisons of the different screening tools. Includes tools on assessing a patients willingness and motivation to change.


CDC fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) website.
This website is sponsored by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Provides training & education in diagnosis, treatment and resources related to fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

Alcohol CME Curriculum, Clinical Tools, Inc.
Includes courses on SBI for adolescents, and adults, motivational interviewing, case study. Some are from live presentations  Carolinas Conference on Addiction and Recovery in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Credits are offered for AACME, NBCC, NYS OASAS, CAADAC, and NASW.


The Nation's Top Strategies to Stop Impaired Drinking , NHTSA

Document identifies 4 -National Highway Traffice Safety Administration (NHTSA) strategies to reduce the number of alcohol-related crashes; one of which is increased medical screening and brief intervention of alcohol-abuse problems. Page 6 goes in to further detail about this strategy.

Social Work Curriculum on Alcohol Use Disorders, NIAAA.
This curriculum includes chapters on screening and motivational interviewing for social work professionals.


Helping Patients Who Drink Too Much: A Clinician's Guide , NIAAA.
This curriculum includes chapters on screening, motivational interviewing, and patient education for clinicians.


Alcohol Alert - Screening for Alcohol Use and Alcohol-Related Problems , NIAAA.
Newsletter update from US Dept. of Health and Human Services, NIH, and NIAA.

Pennsylvania Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral and Treatment (SBIRT) 
Pennsylvania’s Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral and Treatment (SBIRT) web site provides a variety of clinical tools, including some of the curricula noted on this page, for health care professionals doing SBI. 

Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention of College Students: A Harm Reduction Approach (BASICS), Western CAPT.
This preventive intervention for college students 18 to 24 years old aims at those who drink alcohol heavily and whose behaviors put them at risk for further problems. (A BASICS Therapist Manual can be ordered for $28 from Guilford Press. Other costs include training, therapist manual, and the staff time to identify and recruit appropriate students and to deliver the intervention.)

AUDIT – Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test: Guidelines for Use in Primary Care , World Health Organization, Department of Mental Health & Substance Dependence. 
This manual, written primarily for health care professionals, describes how to use the AUDIT to identify those with harmful alcohol consumption patterns.  Those in other professions who encounter alcohol-related problems may find this manual helpful as well.


Brief Intervention: For Hazardous and Harmful Drinking: A Manual for Use in Primary Care, World Health Organization, Department of Mental Health & Substance Dependence. 
This manual describes how to conduct brief interventions for those with alcohol use disorders and those at risk for developing them. While designed primarily for health care professionals, this manual can also be used by others working with people with alcohol related problems.

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Billing & Reimbursement


Screening & Behavioral Counseling Interventions in Primary Care to Reduce Alcohol Misuse, Department of Health & Human Services, MLN Matters Number: MM7633, October 2011

SBI CPT codes: "Coding Communication: Screening and Brief Intervention (SBI) for Alcohol and Substance Abuse (Other Than Tobacco)". An article on billing codes that provides technical guidance how to implement the SBI CPT codes


Reimbursement for Screening & Brief Intervention. Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health.


SBIRT Coding, Billing and Reimbursement Manual, Wisconsin Initiative to Promote Healthy Lifestyles (WIPHL), January 2010


Motivational Interviewing

Resources for clinicians, researchers and trainers. Includes a library of PowerPoint presentations, Research Posters, Books, Videos and more.

Opioid Risk Management

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