National Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Focus Area

The Institute for Research, Education, and Training in Addictions (IRETA) has been awarded a five-year National ATTC-SBIRT cooperative agreement from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). As the new National SBIRT ATTC, IRETA will become a SBIRT National Focus Area. This entails ensuring the coordination of multiple and national SBIRT initiatives and producing a SBIRT suite of services to advance the adoption of SBIRT practices within systems. The work will have a strong basis in the latest implementation science using the ATTC Network’s technology transfer model. NORC will partner with IRETA on this effort.

As partners IRETA and NORC will advance the following goals:
  • Goal 1. Serve as the national subject matter expert and key resource for SBIRT;
  • Goal 2. Broaden ATTC scope of implementation practices and system transformation for SBIRT through the development of an SBIRT suite of services;
  • Goal 3. Develop strategies to expand the workforce(s) that utilize SBIRT and work to insure the consistent application of the SBIRT model to insure fidelity and sustainability.
NORC assists IRETA in the development of  1) a National SBIRT ATTC advisory board, 2) a series of events (webinars, technical assistance, training, learning communities), 3) a national SBIRT needs assessment, and 4) national SBIRT practice standards.

Screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) is a public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for those with risky substance use.

Published Research

"Preparing Students to Work in Integrated Health Care Systems.", Goplerud, E.N., Hagle, H. and McPherson, T.L., 2017 Download the PDF