SBIRT Overview & Results

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SBIRT Overview


Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based, cost-effective strategy for addressing risky and problematic substance use. In an effort to address substance use in the highest need communities, the Rhode Island SBIRT (RI-SBIRT) project was developed to implement SBIRT in non-traditional healthcare settings more frequently utilized by low-income and minority populations. This included adding SBIRT services to Rhode Island’s new and existing Community Health Teams (CHTs).

In year three of implementation, over 50 sites participated in RI-SBIRT which resulted in 5459 individuals being screened. Of those individuals who screened positive for risky alcohol and/or drug use and agreed to participate in the program evaluation, 10% were randomly selected to be interviewed 6-months later.

This work is funded by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) and will continue through September 2021. Additional funding was provided by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) under the State Innovation Model (SIM) grant to the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS).

SBIRT Year 1 & 2 Evaluation

SBIRT Thru Year 3 Evaluation

SBIRT Year 3 Infographic 

SBIRT Year 4 Infographic 

SBIRT screens are happening in the following sites: 

  • Blackstone Valley Community Health Center (BVCHC)
  • Comprehensive Community Action Program (CCAP)
  • East Bay Community Action Program (EBCAP)
  • Family Service of Rhode Island (FSRI)
  • The Providence Center
  • Butler Hospital
  • Department of Corrections
  • Ocean State Urgent Care (North Main, Woonsocket, North Providence)
  • Rhode Island Parent Information Network (RIPIN)
  • South County Community Health Team
  • South County Hospital
  • Kent Hospital
  • Thundermist Health Center (Woonsocket, West Warwick)
  • Providence Community Health Center (Crossroads, Olneyville, Randal Square)
  • Coastal Medical
  • Brown Medicine (Providence Primary Care)
  • Progreso Latino
  • PACE 
  • First Connections
  • Nardone Medical Associates (Providence)
  • University Medicine 
  • VICTA 

Our Mission

The mission of CTC-RI is to support the continuing transformation of primary care in Rhode Island as the foundation of an ever-improving integrated, accessible, affordable, and equitable health care system.  CTC-RI brings together critical stakeholders to implement, evaluate and spread effective multi-payer models to deliver, pay for and sustain high-quality, comprehensive, accountable primary care.