SBIRT Oregon Training Initiative (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment)

Status: current


Purpose: The purpose of the SBIRT Oregon Training Initiative is to increase the number of health professionals who can effectively carry out SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment) practices in urban and rural medical settings throughout Oregon. The project will achieve this through embedding a training curriculum at the state’s largest School of Social Work at Portland State University, the Masters of Counseling Program at Oregon State University-Cascades, and three primary care medical residencies at Oregon Health & Science University.

Project Design: Oregon Health & Science University has contracted with NPC Research to perform a process evaluation and an outcome evaluation of the training initiative. The process evaluation will investigate the development and implementation of the training curriculum and provide feedback to the collaborators and the broader field regarding what successes, challenges, and lessons learned. The outcome evaluation will examine the impact of the training curriculum on medical residents and clinical students, specifically on their knowledge of substance use generally and SBIRT practices specifically, their attitudes toward employing SBIRT in their clinical practices, and the frequency with which they perform certain SBIRT-related behaviors with their patients and clients.

Funding Source: federal Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Start Date: September 2014

Project Team

Principal Investigator & Project Director

Kelly Jarvis, Ph.D.

Project Staff

Jennifer Aborn, B.S.

Charlene Zil, M.P.A.