- About MASBIRT TTA
- SBIRT information
Ask about alcohol and drug use using validated screening questions. For patients who have unhealthy substance use, assess for severity and consequences. MASBIRT TTA recommends two approaches to screening:
Standard Approach (usually used when instruments are incorporated into the EMR)
Quick Approach (usually used when relying on memory)
Alternative Approach (usually used when instruments are self administered on paper)
The goal of screening is to determine which patients require further interaction around unhealthy substance use. The use of validated questions makes screening more standardized, removes judgment, and helps the service to feel like part of routine care.
Brief Intervention is a short conversation that explores the patient's motivation to change. The goal is to elicit change talk from the patient and build motivation to take action.
The basic components to Brief Intervention include:
See the BNI-ART, Institute Algorithm for more information.
If a patient is interested in exploring substance abuse treatment options, refer to the Massachusetts Substance Abuse Information and Education Helpline at www.helpline-online.com or call 800-327-5050. The Helpline provides free and confidential information and referrals for alcohol and other drug abuse problems and related concerns.