Statewide SBIRT Meetings

Statewide SBIRT Meeting 2014

SBIRT: Talking to patients about their alcohol and other drug use

MASBIRT TTA held the 2nd Statewide SBIRT conference on December 5, 2014 at the Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center in Southbridge, MA. 


7:30am – 8:00am Continental Breakfast
8:00am – 8:15am Welcome
8:15am – 9:00am SBIRT Checkup: Where Are We? 
9:00am – 9:45am State of the State: Department of Public Health Perspectives
9:45am – 10:00am Break
10:00am – Noon Skills Sessions:

Brief Interventions Using the Spirit of Motivational InterviewingThese sessions focused on developing and practicing the skills needed to have an effective conversation with patients about their unhealthy substance use.

Administrative Focus on SBIRT IntegrationThis session was be led by administrators working on integration in clinical settings. The focus was on developing strategies to implement a change at an organizational level.

Noon – 1:00pm Lunch

1:00pm – 2:30pm Facilitated Roundtable Discussions:

  • Addressing Challenges in Brief Intervention Encounters:This session was for direct care providers that may have some experience addressing unhealthy substance use. The focus was on approaches to effectively work with patients to minimize challenges and maximize motivation to change behaviors.
  • Models of Integrated Care in PracticeThis session was a panel of practitioners who have implemented SBIRT in clinical practice. They gave examples of how patients encounter SBIRT within their system and how all components of the system work together. This gave participants an opportunity to explore models that could potentially be implemented in their own practice.
  • Focus on RT (Referral to Treatment)This session focused on the referral to substance abuse treatment system from healthcare settings. Although a small percentage of patients need a referral from healthcare settings, practitioners often encounter challenges when a referral is needed.
  • Managing SBIRT ImplementationThis session focused on some of the administrative aspects of integrating SBIRT into healthcare. Topics included engagement of leadership, systems change strategies, employing quality assurance processes, and planning for sustainability over time. This session was for Practice Managers, Administrative Leadership, and Quality Assurance Directors.

2:30pm Adjourn


Statewide SBIRT Meeting 2013

Addressing Unhealthy Substance Use in Primary Care

On November 22, 2013, MASBIRT TTA hosted the well received statewide SBIRT conference entitled, 'Addressing Unhealthy Substance Use in Primary Care.'  Over 100 participants attended the conference including clinicians, administrators, and service providers. The conferernce provided an opportunity for participants to place SBIRT within the context of the evolving healthcare environment, particularly as part of the advancing behavioral health integration initiatives. Participants also had an opportunity to practice motivational interviewing skills and think about how SBIRT can fit into Behavioral Health integration planning within their organization or individual practice.


The following information and resources were presented:

Morning Session

Welcome and SBIRT Overview
SBIRT and the MA Department of Public Health
Keynote: National Perspectives on SBIRT
Daniel P. Alford, MD, MPH, FACP, FASAM
Lydie Ultimo, MSW
Michael Botticelli, MEd

Plenary: MA Healthcare Reform and Behavioral Health Integration

Panel: SBIRT Implementation Models and Systems Change

Judith L. Steinberg, MD, MPH                       


Luncheon Plenary: Substance Abuse Treatment De-Mystified      Karen Pressman, MSW, LCSW, LADAC I


Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Skills Practice: Motivational Interviewing for SBIRT

Skills Practice: Primary Care Practice SBIRT Implementation