New Hampshire Adolescent SBIRT: Screen and Intervene

State: New Hampshire

Client(s): NH Charitable Foundation

Services: Training & Technical Assistance, Health Systems Transformation

Technical Expertise: Adolescent Health, Behavioral Health, Primary Care, Substance Use

Website: http://www.sbirtnh.org


The NH Adolescent SBIRT prooject supports the implementation of universal screening for substance misuse behaviors among youth ages 12-22 yrs old by adopting Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) protocols in 24 practice sites across 10 organizations throughout the state of New Hampshire.

Implementing this proven prevention strategy will assist in identifying alcohol and drug use problems early when brief interventions are most effective, and foster appropriate referrals to early and effective treatment for substance use disorders. The NH Center for Excellence will provide technical assistance through an action learning collaborative and on-site support to facilitate the development of a community of practice for sites adopting this evidence-based approach.

A specific goal of this initiative is to adopt SBIRT as a sustainable and universal practice in NH through the following methods:
1) the expansion of youth SBIRT in primary care settings
2) addressing policy and financial barriers as identified
3) screening no less than 10,000 youth and young adults (ages 12-22 yrs old) by 2017