Connecticut Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (CT SBIRT) Program

Alyse Chin, Project Director,, (860) 418-6904

The Department was awarded a five-year grant in the amount of $8.3 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) to establish the CT Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) program. The grant is in effect through August 2016.
The purpose of the CT SBIRT Program is to
dramatically increase identification and treatment of adults, ages 18 and older, who are at-risk for substance misuse or diagnosed with a substance use disorder through the implementation of SBIRT services in partnering Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) sites statewide.
CT SBIRT Patients Screened through the SAMHSA Grant
  • 69,521 patients screened through the CT SBIRT Program (8/31/16)
  • 14,378 screened positive for current tobacco use
  • 6,269 screened positive for at-risk alcohol and/or other drug use
  • 1,855 screened at moderate-high (n=851) or high (n=1,004) risk and were eligible to receive Brief Treatment or a referral to more intensive substance misuse treatment


The SBIRT Program will include the following collaborative partners:

These partners are committed in implementing the CT SBIRT Program, monitoring outcomes, focusing on quality improvement, and developing statewide infrastructure to sustain SBIRT practices in Connecticut.

SBIRT SERVICES: The CT SBIRT Program will utilize evidence-based practices for the following modalities:

1.  Routine screening with validated instruments;

2.  Brief Intervention using manual-guided procedures recommended by the World Health Organization;

3.  Brief Treatment protocols modeled on a CSAT clinical trial;

4.  Differential Assessment utilizing standardized diagnostic instruments; and

5.  Referral to Treatment based on ASAM (2001) criteria.



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