Advocate Toolkit: Funding Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) with Young People

Apr 19, 2022

This toolkit provides a roadmap for advocates to identify and leverage a range of funding sources to support the implementation of SBIRT in schools and medical settings. Several policy and advocacy strategies are highlighted throughout that have the potential to bring funding and resources to youth SBIRT initiatives. The first section includes strategies for leveraging Medicaid reimbursement, state and local budget resources, and federal funding to support prevention initiatives, including SBIRT, in the school-based setting. The second section offers strategies for incentivizing and reimbursing providers for conducting SBIRT with adolescents in medical settings. Three payment sources are addressed: Medicaid payment models, Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT), and private insurance. The toolkit also contains links to numerous resources that may help advocates to engage community members and providers to generate awareness for SBIRT.

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