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Mason SBIRT: Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment


Mason’s Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) team is comprised of faculty from nursing, psychology, and social work disciplines. The TEAMS-UP (Training to Engage, Assess, and Motivate for Substance Use Prevention) approach maximizes the impact of SBIRT dissemination throughout the workforce. The team facilitates and supports the development of SBIRT competencies in other faculty, students, and community partners in the Northern Virginia region through a variety of delivery methods. Our partnership with community professionals is integral to preventing, managing, and treating substance use disorders.

We foster interprofessionalism while utilizing a three-pronged approach to SBIRT dissemination:

  • Curriculum Infusion
  • Experiential Training
  • Community Engagement

Learn more about preliminary findings presented to the Virginia Governor’s Advisory Commission on Opioids and Addiction.

What Is SBIRT?

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has estimated that, by 2020, mental and substance use disorders will surpass all physical diseases as a major cause of disability. SAMHSA is working to expand the use of SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment), an evidence-based practice that focuses on early intervention and treatment for people at risk for developing or who are already diagnosed with substance use disorders. As part of SAMHSA’s efforts to increase the use of SBIRT, Mason received a three-year, $920,000 SBIRT Health Professions Student Training grant.  

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