SBIRT Featured in Youth Today

Youth TodayHealth care providers talking to their young patients about drug and alcohol abuse seems like common sense. Unfortunately, many providers are not treating this as part of routine care, according to Youth Today. A recent article from Alexa Eggleston at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation published on the site took a look at an approach to address this issue—SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment)—which is proving to be an effective strategy in reducing substance abuse among youth and young adults.

The model is gaining traction thanks to its promise of “upstream” intervention with youth, helping them address substance abuse before it brings harmful consequences. Motivational interviewing—a counseling approach that focuses on facilitating motivation within an individual to change behavior—is a central component of SBIRT, and is endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Institute on Drug Abuse for its ability to empower young people to make healthier decisions for themselves.

“Young people actually think health care practitioners should talk to them about alcohol and drugs.” –Alexa Eggleston, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

The School-Based Health Alliance is in the midst of a two-year pilot project to train a group of school-based health providers in SBIRT in order to test the feasibility of this approach in a school-based setting. This project is being supported by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

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