Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment Training (SBIRT)



Presented and developed by Rose Ness, MA, LMHC, CDP


This is a very exciting time in Washington state!  Legislation passed in 2014 mandating integration between behavioral and physical health providers commencing April 1, 2016 with the final expectation that behavioral health and primary care fully integrate by 2020.  The SBIRT model is well-suited for behavioral and physical health integration.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the SBIRT model represents a paradigm shift in substance use and abuse interventions.  Traditionally, interventions have focused on those who have severe substance use disorders.  The SBIRT model provides initial screening for all individuals regardless of the length or chronicity of level of substance use.  It's very beneficial and effective for those individuals who may or may not have a substance use disorder but instead place themselves and others at risk for harm because of their substance use.

SBIRT is an evidence-based practice that can be integrated and implemented in various settings and directly supports the legislation mentioned above.  Settings include colleges, long-term care facilities, emergency room departments, mental health setting, outpatient and urgent care, dental office, Indian health service-free standing facilities and homeless shelters, to name most.

SBIRT is a reimbursable service with commercial insurance, Medicaid and Medicare when provided by a certified or licensed healthcare professional practicing within their scope of practice and are registered with the Healthcare Authority as an SBIRT provider.  Taking this class makes you eligible to become a SBIRT provider.

Objectives of SBIRT:

  •  Redefine, redesign and re-conceptualize how substance use is perceived and treated in our society
  • Consider benefits of routine screening and identifying substance use as a public health concern
  • Understand the rationale for universal and selective screening for alcohol and drugs
  • Learn and identify substance use risk limits
  • Identify how screening is conducted in a private practice setting
  • Learn and apply brief interventions and advice using motivational interviewing techniques and concepts
  • Identifying and making an appropriate referral for continues support and/or resources. 



Continuing Education (CE) Information


4 CEs

Cascadia Training is a NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider (Provider #: 6575.)  This workshop is also approved by the Washington State Office of Public Instruction as a "Washington State Approved Clock Hour Offering Workshop."


Rose Ness, MA, LMHC, CDP


Rose Ness is a Certified Chemical Dependency Professional and Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Washington.  She has worked in the field of behavioral health for over two decades.  Rose is an experienced and seasoned clinician whose clientele range from individuals and families to larger systems in various settings including mental health, involuntary treatment and private practice.

Beyond delivering direct care she is also involved in workforce development, which provides direct supervision to other professionals who are beginning and looking to advance their careers in social service.  Believing in whole person health, Rose and her team of behavioral health experts support integrated physical and behavioral healthcare and are committed to healthcare transformation in Washington state.

Rose is currently a consultant, advisor and trainer for Sound Integration for Behavioral Healthcare in Arlington WA.  She also is an Adjunct Faculty Member at Skagit Valley College where she teaches every Winter quarter.




Upcoming Dates and Registration


Date: Monday, February 18th, 2019
Time: 9:00am - 1:00

Cost: $105.00 USD

Campus: Nile Event Center, Nile Golf Course, Mount Lake Terrace, WA
Room:     Gold Room
Map:       Directions to our campus location.
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