The encounters between healthcare providers and patients are critically important in shaping health behaviors. Screening, education, and planning between healthcare staff and their patients can effectively prevent mental health and substance use problems. The ODMHSAS will support statewide efforts to disseminate best practices in primary care, specialty care, and emergency department settings. Key partnerships with providers, practices, associations/boards, and payors will help embed these approaches in Oklahoman’s routine experience at their doctors’ offices.
Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is a public health evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, abuse, and dependence on alcohol and drugs (illicit or misuse of prescription).