The Community Health Center Association of Connecticut, through funding from the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, supports screening staff who are deployed to member community health centers across the state to provide services through the CT Screening, Brief Intervention & Referral to Treatment Program.
In 2011, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) was awarded a five-year grant in the amount of $8.3 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) to establish the CT Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) program. The grant will be in effect through August 31, 2016.
The purpose of the CT SBIRT Program is to dramatically increase identification and treatment of adults, ages 18 and older, who may be at-risk for substance misuse or diagnosed with a substance use disorder through the implementation of SBIRT services in partnering Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) statewide. SBIRT staff are trained to screen health center patients for alcohol, tobacco and other drug use as part of the routine health center visit. Interventions are provided based on the patient’s level of risk and include Brief Intervention and/or a referral to Brief Treatment or a more intensive substance abuse treatment program.
The SBIRT Program is a partnership between the following organizations:
- The Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS)
- The Community Health Center Association of Connecticut (CHCACT)
- Ten (10) Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)
- The University of Connecticut Health Center (UCHC)
These partners are committed in implementing the CT SBIRT Program, monitoring outcomes, focusing on quality improvement, and developing statewide infrastructure to sustain SBIRT practices in Connecticut.
For more information, please contact Antonio Diaz-Carrera, Program Manager.