George Mason University
George Mason University Mason
George Mason University

Program Description

Training to Engage, Assess, and Motivate for Substance Use Prevention (TEAMS-UP) focuses on training students, faculty, and community partners on the SBIRT model of behavioral and primary health care integration through the exposure, immersion, and competence framework as applied in curriculum infusion, community engagement strategies, and all training methods. Our TEAMS-UP approach is consistent with the growing need to screen, intervene, refer, and treat unhealthy substance use in our public and private behavioral and primary health care settings.

Our goal is to increase adoption and practice of SBIRT across behavioral and primary health care delivery systems through:

  1. Curricular infusion of SBIRT and integrated care core competencies into targeted nursing, psychology, and social work undergraduate and graduate preparation courses.
  2. Pre-interprofessional practical application of SBIRT core competencies within nurse-managed clinics serving vulnerable populations in Northern Virginia.
  3. Community education and training for public and private behavioral health and health care professionals that provide screening, brief intervention, or referral to treatment services to address unhealthy substance use.

SBIRT Background

SBIRT Process

The primary goal of SBIRT is to identify and effectively intervene with those who are at moderate or high risk for psychosocial or health care problems related to their substance use.

The SBIRT Process:

  1. Universal Screening - Quickly identify the severity of substance use and identify the appropriate level of intervention
  2. Brief Intervention - Increase insight and awareness of substance use; motivate toward behavioral change
  3. Referral to Treatment: Brief and Specialty - Provide embedded brief treatment; refer to specialty care when needed

Fact Sheets

Medicare and Medicaid coverage of SBIRT services (pdf)
Source: Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Cultivating SBIRT Champions

Mason SBIRT Champions:

  • Connect with SBIRT supporters
  • Highlight training needs
  • Advocate substance use screening
  • Manage health risks with SBIRT resources & tools
  • Promote interprofessional collaboration
  • Share the benefits of SBIRT

Methods for Cultivating SBIRT Champions:

Curriculum Infusion

  • Identified prototype courses across nursing, psychology, and social work disciplines for SBIRT integration
  • Using existing online SBIRT learning modules
  • Designed case study exercises
  • Providing simulation lab experiences
  • Assessing student knowledge and attitudes

Experiential Training

  • Designed interprofessional simulation laboratory experiences with instructor debriefings
  • Offering advanced student rotations through a Mason-affiliated nurse-managed clinic working with an underserved and culturally diverse population
  • Designing and providing agency and regional trainings

Community Engagement

  • Conducted training needs assessment of community partners attending introductory SBIRT conference
  • Offered two community conferences to promote development of SBIRT knowledge and skills
  • Developed and enhancing website
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