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Welcome to OU SBIRT!

The University of Oklahoma (OU) SBIRT Collaborative is an initiative of the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work, Center for Social Work in Healthcare (CSWH) and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) with the goal of providing SBIRT training to students in health professional programs, such as medicine, dentistry, nursing, psychology, and social work. The Center for Social Work in Healthcare was awarded an SBIRT grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA) in 2015.

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, abuse, and dependence of alcohol and illicit drugs. SBIRT relies heavily on Motivational Interviewing (MI) skills to engage in a patient-centered approach concerning motivation and readiness to make behavioral change. SBIRT is a public health strategy which utilizes the harm reduction model regarding change and can be utilized in various settings including primary care, emergency room, dentistry, mental health clinics, integrated healthcare, schools, etc.

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Thank you!

The OU SBIRT Collaborative has successfully trained over 1,800 students in the SBIRT model from 2015-2018. We want to thank the College of Dentistry, College of Medicine, Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing, Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work, and the OCU PA program. These groups have collaborated over the years and immensely contributed to the efforts and successes of the OU SBIRT Collaborative's actualization of the SAMHSA-funded SBIRT grant. Their efforts will leave a lasting impact on healthcare in the state of Oklahoma through the investments in our students' education.