Videos use actors portraying standardized patients/students. Health professionals are portrayed by professionals (i.e., fully credentialed physician, nurse, health promotion advocate) who work in the relevant field, and bring their professional experience to the scenarios.

Adult Scenarios

SBIRT, PCP, Female Pt, Marijuana, Single Item Questions and CAGE AID (09:56)

SBIRT, Medical Assistant, Female Pt, Alcohol, Single item questions and AUDIT (07:37)

SBIRT, In-patient Nurse, Male Pt, Prescription Opioid Misuse, Single Item Questions and DAST 10 (09:08)

SBIRT, PCP, Older Adult with Family Member using Alcohol Single Item Questions and CAGE (10:38)

Adolescent Scenarios

The following videos are examples of SBIRT. For Massachusetts SBIRT in Schools, be sure to use the Guidance and FAQs for the most up to date information. 

Talking About Drinking


Reinforcing Healthy Behaviors


Talking About Drug Use


SBIRT Clinician’s Toolkit

SBIRT: A Step-by-Step GuideSBIRT: A Step-by-Step Guide (1 MB)
A Step-By-Step Guide for Screening and Intervening for Unhealthy Alcohol and Other Drug Use

This toolkit provides:

  • Rationale for routine screening for unhealthy alcohol and drug use as an important component of good healthcare
  • Two recommended screening approaches for alcohol and other drug use
  • A suggested brief intervention script
  • Steps for referring patients to substance use specialty care, when needed
  • Questions to consider for implementing SBIRT
  • Helping Patients Who Drink Too Much: A Clinician’s Guide (1.6 MB), produced by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Of particular note, is the section on “Prescribing Medications For Treating Alcohol Dependence”, as well as suggested strategies to diagnose and help patients with alcohol use disorders.


Download the SBIRT Clinician's toolkit


The Massachusetts Health Promotion Clearinghouse offers a number of useful SBIRT publications.

Browse the publications





Worksheets & Templates

The following are some resources to get you started in planning and implementing SBIRT in your organization.

Implementation Plan

Brief Negotiated Interview Algorithm

Brief Treatment (BT) Manual

Brief Treatment (BT) ManualComprehensive Addiction Treatment
A cognitive-behavioral approach to treating substance use disorders

Modules in the BT Manual use evidence-based approaches — motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy techniques — to help clients build skills to positively change unhealthy behaviors and maintain those changes.

MASBIRT found this approach helpful for those who might not meet dependence criteria, but need more than brief conversations; and for people who do not want to go to traditional treatment, but might be willing to speak with someone for a short period of time.

Download the manual chapter by chapter

Massachusetts SBIRT News

Massachusetts SBIRT News is a quarterly publication from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Abuse Services that provides updates on current information and resources for those incorporating SBIRT into their clinical or public health practice.  Subscribe to SBIRT News by following this link. Archived newsletters can be accessed below: