Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)



Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach based on universal screenings which create awareness about the preventable health issue of risky substance use.

 Peer Assistance Services is pleased to offer training and technical assistance to Colorado healthcare and behavioral health providers on SBIRT .


Online Training

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Following a brief webinar, participants will engage in  simulations using “virtual patients” (avatars) to help build skills for effective conversations about challenging topics.  The participant will screen the patient for alcohol and other drug use; then use motivational interviewing to conduct a brief intervention.

The simulations are applicable to diverse settings and are designed for nurses, physicians, physician assistants, social workers, mental health professionals, substance abuse treatment professionals, school counselors, community health workers and others.

The training and simulation requires approximately one hour.  Participants may stop and restart the training at any time. An ANCC CNE or NASW Contact Hour certificate is provided upon completion.

In-Person Training

Dates and locations to be determined

PAS offers a 2 -3 hour training designed for healthcare and behavioral health providers on screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment for adults and adolescents. The training content includes information on harmful effects of alcohol, marijuana and other substance use. The training includes basic motivational interviewing principles and techniques, brief negotiated interview approach to intervention and a summary of options for referral to treatment.

To request information or to schedule a training: | 303.369.0039

Technical Assistance

Peer Assistance Services is pleased to offer training and technical assistance to Colorado healthcare and behavioral health providers on SBIRT. Technical assistance may include selection of screening tools, workflow design, motivational interviewing coaching, and assistance with identifying referral resources for substance use treatment.

 To request technical assistance: | 303.369.0039

Pocket Cards

Short guides to screening and brief intervention

SBIRT in Adults (Print | Mobile)

SBIRT in Adolescents (Print | Mobile)

Women and Substance Use (Print | Mobile)

SBIRT in Older Adults (Print | Mobile

Resources for Clinicians

Screening Tools

Individuals can self-administer a confidential, on-line, evidenced-based screening at  to help identify if your alcohol or other drug use is within safe limits or if it may be harmful to your health.


Screening Tools for Clinicians

AUDIT (alcohol screening in adults)

AUDIT – Spanish (alcohol screening in adults)

DAST (drug screening in adults)

CUDIT-R(cannabis screening in adults and adolescents)

S2BI (alcohol and drug screening in adolescents)

CRAFFT – Clinician Interview  (alcohol and drug screening in adolescents)

Resources for Patients

Alcohol and Drug Fact Cards

Substance use, even in limited quantities, can have immediate and long-lasting effects on your physical health and well-being. Information on the health effects of commonly used substances is available below:

Reimbursement for SBIRT

Other Resources 

For additional information on SBIRT including clinical guidelines and training videos visit:


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SBIRT in Colorado is a program of Peer Assistance Services, Inc funded by marijuana tax revenue through a contract with the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing.