You, as a driving force?!
In the coming decade, we anticipate that SBIRT will become as much a part of routine medical encounters as checking vital signs.
BUT… Someone has to make it happen.
What if YOU are called on to not only do SBIRT in your work
but to actually help get SBIRT up and running in your workplace?
- You may find yourself in an organization which hasn’t taken the steps to implement SBIRT….
- You may be the most experienced individual or one of a small number who could take the lead in the creation of a new program…
- You may even be told you have to do it…
What would you do?
Probably freak out, but you really shouldn’t. This module is designed to help you take what you have learned about doing SBIRT and help others do it in different places.
One Size Doesn’t Fit All…
One of the most important, fundamental principles of implementing in different places is that the exact form the SBIRT will take when introduced in a new organization depends on “local factors”– for instance, the availability of behavioral health specialists, the type of medical record system used, the ability to bill for the service in your State, and so on. To be successful, you have to understand those local factors and work with them.
…But it’s All Basically the Same Shape!
However, SBIRT is SBIRT! The idea of screening all patients regularly, of assessing key substance use behaviors, and having systems in place to address results is always the same. The pieces may not be exactly alike but the general approach is. Once you have the general approach well in hand, the pieces can fall into place, with a little groundwork to understand the ‘local factors.’
So, What will you do?