SBIRT – Your Role in Combating Substance Use in Your Community

Substance use, misuse and addiction do not discriminate. They affect persons from all backgrounds, all walks of life, from every community – including ours. Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment to people with substance use disorder and those at risk of developing these disorders. SBIRT is evidence-based, providing an easy-to-use, validated process that can be adapted to all care settings, providing support to both patients and the providers caring for them. SBIRT is a critical tool in ensuring that substance misuse and addiction are better understood, identified and addressed in our communities.

This course, in its entirety, will take an estimated 51 minutes to complete.

Transcript available upon request. 

This program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $1,000,000 with 0% financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.

Target Audience

  • Hospital and clinic providers
  • Hospital and clinic nursing and care coordination staff
  • Pharmacists
  • Emergency department staff

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the process of screening for substance use and determining a patient’s level of risk
  • Describe strategies for effectively referring patients to treatment when appropriate
  • Explore opportunities for integrating SBIRT into your practice and patient care workflow
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Alison Lynch, MD, MS

Dr. Alison Lynch is a psychiatrist and family physician at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC). She is the Director of Addiction Medicine in the UIHC Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Lynch co-founded and co-directs the UIHC MAT Clinic, which provides medication assisted treatment for people with opioid use disorder. Her clinical interests include integrated care, mental health in primary care, community-based mental health care and addiction medicine. Dr. Lynch completed medical school and residency training at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She is a clinical professor in the University of Iowa Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine. 


Kady Reese, MPH, CPHQ

Kady Reese is the Director of Education & Engagement with the Iowa Medical Society (IMS), leading curriculum design focusing on evidence-based skills application and helms strategic operations aimed at development of cross-collaborative initiatives to advance the practice of medicine and patient outcomes. Prior to her role with IMS, she was the Director of Human-Centered Design with the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative and offers an array of experience across the healthcare continuum, including home health, primary and urgent care practice, healthcare administration and quality reporting. She holds a master’s degree in public health from Benedictine University, as well as certificates in health management and policy and health education and promotion. She served as a national champion for Person and Family Engagement with CMS as part of the Partnership for Patients and the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiatives. Reese is an ardent advocate for public health and person-centered care systems.

No continuing education is provided for this course. The user will receive a certificate of completion upon completing the course.

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