Substance Misuse

Alliance for Inclusion and Prevention offers training in evidence-based practice to screen students for possible substance misuse and to support referral to treatment as needed.

Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

SBIRT is a public health intervention to screen youth for substance misuse. The intervention has four components:

  1. Universal Screening identifies individuals ages 13+ for substance use
  2. Brief Intervention occurs when a screening shows moderate risk for substance misuse. It utilizes motivational interviewing techniques to increase awareness of substance misuse and its consequences to motivate the individual to make positive behavioral changes
  3. Brief Therapy is a more comprehensive intervention that includes further assessment, education, problem solving, coping mechanisms, and building a supportive social environment
  4. Referral to Treatment provides a referral to specialty care for individuals assessed to be at high risk

For more information about SBIRT, click here.


SAMHSA produced a white paper on the effectiveness of the SBIRT model.