What is SBIRT?

Maryland SBIRT is a statewide health care improvement initiative to encourage health care providers
and patients to discuss alcohol and drug use as part of routine medical visits.

Change the Conversation
for Better Health

The problem of alcohol and drug misuse is widespread in Maryland. Lives are being ruined, families destroyed and the rates of overdose deaths are mounting annually. By initiating a conversation and providing information, health care providers can help patients identify risky use early and make choices that lead to better health.

Maryland SBIRT trains health care providers in community health centers and hospitals throughout Maryland to initiate conversations with patients about alcohol and drug use, and if necessary, refer patients for further assessment or treatment. Maryland SBIRT uses Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), identified by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration as an effective public health approach, to intervene with individuals who have risky alcohol or drug use.