Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Benefit

Health First Colorado covers SBIRT services in the primary care, hospital, and emergency room settings.

SBIRT is designed to prevent members from developing a substance use disorder, for early detection of a suspected substance use disorder, or to refer members for treatment. These services are not intended to treat members already diagnosed with a substance use disorder or those members already receiving substance use disorder treatment services. Members who are pregnant may be eligible for additional substance use screening and intervention services through Special Connections, Outpatient Substance Use Disorder treatment, and the Prenatal Plus program.

Treatment referrals must be made to the member’s Regional Accountable Entity (RAE). Please visit the RAE web page for contact information and further details.