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  • Pam Pietruszewski, MA, National Council for Behavioral Health – Pam is a Motivational Interviewing trainer and is listed in the National Registry of SBIRT Trainers from the Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network established by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
  • Laura Leone, National Council for Behavioral Health – Laura has worked in the behavioral health field for over 20 years providing training and consultation nationally on Integrated Care, mental health, substance use, evidence-based practices and models. She has published and presented for the National Council for Behavioral Health, American Association for Suicidology, New York Association for Play Therapy and the Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care; with her most recent publication being a chapter on “Integrated Care from a Community Mental Health Perspective” in their Exemplar in Practice Series. She previously held leadership, clinical, administrative, supervisory, research, and publication positions at a FQHC; in private practice; at an in-patient psychiatric hospital; and at McLean Hospital’s OCD Institute.

In the new world of integrated health, how can you demonstrate your viability as a behavioral health provider?

Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce and prevent risky alcohol and drug use. SBIRT services can prevent the unhealthy consequences of alcohol and drug use among those who may not reach the diagnostic level of an addiction and help those with an addiction enter and stay in treatment.

SBIRT has a high return on investment with a low burden of time and resources on providers. In addition to strengthening clinical care, SBIRT bolsters organizations’ capability to address co-occurring disorders and positions organizations for integrated care and new business opportunities.


Download the SBIRT one-pager here

SBIRT 101 – 1.5 hour virtual training


Administrators, clinical managers, executives and clinicians will learn the basic components of SBIRT, including:

  • How and why SBIRT is an essential part of integration;
  • How to operationalize SBIRT through enhanced workflows and best practices;
  • How to build organizational buy-in, and
  • Financial and operational benefits of SBIRT.

SBIRT TRAINING – Full-day onsite training

$4500 per member/$5000 per non-member

Participants will deep dive into the implementation of SBIRT and address:

  • The use of evidence-based screening tools to determine alcohol and drug use risk levels;
  • The spirit of motivational interviewing and how stigma, perceptions and cultural contexts influence SBIRT;
  • How to define and demonstrate brief interventions using the Brief Negotiated Interview format to increase engagement, elicit behavior change and reduce counterproductive discussions; and
  • Referral best practices that increase the likelihood of a person engaging in specialty addiction care.


Three 1-hour monthly calls

$300 per hour

True change doesn’t happen overnight; it requires dedicated and consistent efforts over time. Our consultants can help you refine clinical workflows, advise on data and using measurement to improve and promote your SBIRT services, or support clinicians to hone their Brief Intervention skills.


  • “This has truly helped energize & transform the way we screen and approach substance use issues.”
  • “Trainer was so knowledgeable. I’m excited to use SBIRT!”

Want to learn more? Visit our topics page or view our webinars:

Clinical Aspects of SBIRT

Operational and Financial Aspects with Integrating SBIRT

Also check out the SBIRT one-pager here


For more information on pricing, building your own consulting service or to schedule a training, please contact Pam Pietruszewski at or ]Stephanie Swanson at