Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) - School-Based Health Center (SBHC) Project

The adolescent Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) - School-Based Health Center (SBHC) Project is a five-year collaborative venture between the Colorado Department of Human Services - Office of Behavioral Health (CDHS-OBH) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Funding is being  administered through the Office of Behavioral Health to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to CDPHE-funded school-based health centers (SBHC) around Colorado in order to institutionalize SBIRT as a standard of care into existing CDPHE-funded SBHCs who are voluntarily participating in this project.

Adolescent SBIRT is a research-based approach to the identification of risky substance use and provides brief interventions and referral to treatment to those at risk of developing substance use problems.  SBHCs are convenient medical clinics that offer health care to children and youth either in a school or near school grounds. SBHCs have primary care providers such as doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants, as well as mental health providers.

This SBIRT-SBHC project funding is supporting SBHCs across the state by:

  • Providing SBIRT universally and addressing student needs to reduce harms associated with alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, as well as commonly reported mental health concerns.
  • Reducing health disparities that impact youth substance misuse by applying Enhanced Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards.
  • Developing and implementing of SBIRT curricula, including training, technical assistance and evaluation components.

OBH funding for this project started Sept. 10, 2017. The funding was $1,037,000 for the first year and increased to $1,310,371 in year two. Funding will continue at $1,310,371 in years three, four and five.