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Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) has been awarded a five-year, $10 million cooperative agreement from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for a statewide Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral for Treatment (SBIRT) program. The program is designed to reduce morbidity and mortality of alcohol and other drug use through early intervention and the integration of medical and behavioral health approaches. Funding supports four areas: 

  • Service Delivery;
  • Infrastructure Development;
  • Data Collection and Performance Assessment; and
  • Program Administration.

Read the SAMHSA whitepaper on SBIRT or visit SAMHSA's SBIRT resource page.

Free eBasedAcademy courses, each worth 6.0 CEUs 
OHIO SBIRT: An Introduction to SBIRT & Motivational Interviewing (part 1)
OHIO SBIRT: Training-of Trainers (for individuals who have completed Ohio SBIRT implementation training)

Ohio Partners

Ohio SBIRT provides early intervention and treatment services for people struggling with depression and substance misuse. SBIRT uses a comprehensive public health approach to serve Ohioans who may be struggling or at risk of a substance use disorder or depression problem. Our goal at the Ohio SBIRT Project is that any time an Ohioan interacts with a medical, behavioral or mental health professional they will be appropriately screened and receive the necessary intervention. We currently travel the state to provide free SBIRT and Motivational Interviewing training to health systems interested in this integrated care model for best practices.

Year 4 (2017) awardees

Firelands Regional Medical Center - Sandusky

Third St. Family Services - Mansfield

Compass Community Health - Portsmouth

Mercy Health Greater Cincinnati

Mercy Health Springfield Regional Medical Center

Circle Health Services - Cleveland

Year 3 (2016) awardees
Health Partners of Western Ohio in Bryan
Firelands Regional Medical Center, Physicians Group, Urgent Care and Health Department
Mercy Health - BHI - Clermont Hospital ED
Third St. Family Services - Mansfield
Compass Community Health - Portsmouth
Wood County Health District - Bowling Green

Year 2 (2015) awardees
Health Partners of Western Ohio - Lima, Kenton and New Carlisle.
Firelands Family Health Services and Regional Medical Center 

Year 1 (2014) awardees
Health Partners of Western Ohio locations in Lima, Kenton and New Carlisle.

Medicaid and Medicare Coverage

Ohio Medicaid Coverage
SBIRT services provided on and after September 1, 2013, are now covered when provided by Advance Practice Nurses, Physicians, Physician Assistants and in clinics (e.g. Federally Qualified Health Centers [FQHCs] and Rural Health Clinics [RHC]). Learn more.

General Medicare Coverage
Reference materials:
Medicare Learning Network SBIRT guide
Medicare Learning Netowrk Screening and Behavioral Counseling Interventions in Primary Care to Reduce Alcohol Misuse

Ohio Medicare Coverage
CGS Administrators, LLC, is Ohio's Medicare Part B Intermediary contracted with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to process Medicare Part B claims, including SBIRT.



Ellen Augspurger, MAT
SBIRT Project Director

Debra Scholten, LPC, CRC

Training Officer



The Ohio SBIRT Project offers in-person training to assist organizations of all sizes in implementing SBIRT. Follow the link below to read detailed descriptions and request training.

SBIRT Training Request Form

Training Course Descriptions 2017

Medscape SBIRT training, funded by SAMHSA, provides free CEU/CMEs for medical professionals. Those taking the training will need a (free) Medscape account to access it. Click the icon below to access the training.

For more information, contact