What is SBIRT? 

SBIRT stands for Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment. The primary goal of SBIRT is to identify and effectively intervene with those who are at moderate or high risk for psychosocial or health care problems related to their substance use. SBIRT Plus (+) addresses the special needs and characteristics of older adults. In addition, it helps improve the understanding of alcohol and drug use later in life. 

Why is it important? 

Alcohol use in late life is largely ignored, even though health consequences are high. "Risky" use of alcohol and misuse of medication, along with illicit drug use in Baby Boomers, is a growing concern. Making changes now can help ease suffering and prepare for the future. 

Interested in SBIRT? 

Contact us for more information about SBIRT+ at the University of Iowa.

geriatric-education@uiowa.edu