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Program Description

The purpose of the SAMHSA grant "Training Medical and Dental Students in SBIRT” (PI: Frances Levin, MD), is to integrate the components of "Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)” for substance abuse, including illicit and prescription drugs, alcohol and smoking, into the curriculums of the Columbia University College of Physician and Surgeons, and College of Dental Medicine. SBIRT is a brief interview performed with patients what allows of clinicians (doctors, dentists, nurses, etc.) to have the patient disclose any at risk behaviors, provide brief counseling and provide them with a feasible treatment option or plan.

The primary aim of the project is to train the Medical and Dental students, starting with the 2015 first year class, in the use of SBIRT and follow them through graduation. The project objectives also include an initiative to provide community outreach and resources to individuals outside of the participant University students, to be trained in the use of SBIRT.


College of Physician and Surgeons, Columbia University

College of Dental Medicine, Columbia University

Columbia University in the City of New York


SBIRT Description

What Is SBIRT And Why Use It?

Screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services. It is used to identify and intervene with -


Primary care centers, hospitals, and other community settings provide excellent opportunities for early intervention with at-risk substance users and for intervention for persons with substance use disorders.

SBIRT stands for:

Why is SBIRT important?


The primary goal of SBIRT is to identify and effectively intervene with those who are at moderate or high risk for psychosocial or health care problems related to their substance use.