About Maryland SBIRT

During their lifetime, nearly one in three adults have an alcohol use disorder, and one in 10 adults experience drug problems. The problem is widespread in Maryland.

Maryland SBIRT – Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment – 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. It aims to reduce drug overdose deaths, disparities in health outcomes among under-served populations, and health care costs in Maryland.

SBIRT is a proven-effective, financially sustainable intervention for early identification of individuals at risk for alcohol or drug misuse or abuse. The SBIRT model incorporates the use of validated screening instruments and evidence-based interventions.

Maryland SBIRT builds on the successful implementation of SBIRT in 24 medical sites in Baltimore City and Prince George’s County from 2010 to 2012, as well as other early SBIRT initiatives in Maryland. It is currently being provided across the state of Maryland in a variety of health care settings made possible through multiple funding streams.

Maryland SBIRT Goals

  1. Improve the health status of Marylanders through the integration of behavioral health and medical health care services.
  2. Increase identification of and intervention with individuals with risky substance use.
  3. Demonstrate reduced substance use among individuals who receive SBIRT services.
  4. Reduce overdose deaths and promote health equality through the provision of universal behavioral health prevention and early intervention approaches.
  5. Demonstrate increased capacity to treat substance use disorders in underserved regions of Maryland.

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