SBIRT Plus for Older Adults
Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an early-intervention approach for identifying, reducing and preventing problematic drug and alcohol use. SBIRT can be practiced in any healthcare setting, but practitioners need to be trained and learn about its benefits and receive guidelines for how to implement SBIRT in their own practice. SBIRT+ will promote adoption of SBIRT practices for geriatric populations through the Iowa Geriatric Education Center at the University of Iowa. The SBIRT PLUS project, beginning in 2015, is a 3-year grant awarded to the Iowa Geriatric Education Center, University of Iowa and funded by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. The Consortium helps establish SBIRT principles as well as conducts the process and outcome evaluation.