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The Great Lakes Addiction Technology and Transfer Center is partnering with WPHCA to host a 60-hour SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment) Training. In order to bill Medicaid for SBIRT services, unlicensed health care providers need to complete a DHS approved 60- hour training (WI Forward Health, December 2009); 30 hours face-to-face and 30 hours self-directed study, participation in ongoing support and feedback sessions.

11/11/2019 to 12/17/2019
When: November 11-13, 2019 & December 16-17, 2019
Where: Wisconsin Primary Health Care Assocation
5202 Eastpark Blvd.
Suite 109
Madison, Wisconsin  53718
United States
Contact: Molly Jones

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60-hour SBIRT Training

November 11-13, 2019 & December 16-17, 2019

Hosted at the Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association (WPHCA) Offices in Madison, WI

5202 Eastpark Blvd. Suite 109

Madison, WI 53718

The Great Lakes Addiction Technology and Transfer Center is partnering with WPHCA to host a 60-hour SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment) Training.

Registration will close on Friday, November 1, 2019 at 12pm.


Screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) is a cost-saving, patient centered, one-on-one clinical prevention service.  When SBIRT is delivered universally, it’s a population/public health intervention. The economic impact of excessive drinking in WI total $6.8 billion dollars (19% of the State of WI budget and $1200 for every adult and child resident of the state). 

SBIRT interventions can be used to reduce risky drinking, identify individuals who need more intensive interventions and bolster the resolve of persons who are drinking within recommended guidelines.  Brief interventions reduce high risk drinking.  In the year after an SBIRT intervention injuries, ED visits, hospitalizations, arrests and car crashes decline.  Ninety percent of people who benefit from SBIRT, thus reducing their individual and societal impact of their substance use disorders, can be served by SBIRT and do not need additional treatment.  

This training will provide health care and social service organizations with the training and ongoing implementation support needed to infuse and sustain SBIRT into everyday practice.  This training will be led by Laura Saunders from the Great Lakes ATTC and Mia Croyle from Metastar.  For additional information please contact Laura Saunders at

 For more information on SBIRT Coding & Reimbursement Guidelines please see the SBIRT Wisconsin Forward Health Memo and the SBIRT Coding and Reimbursement Guidelines from the Lake Superior Quality Innovation Network.



In order to bill Medicaid for SBIRT services, unlicensed health care providers need to complete a DHS approved 60- hour training (WI Forward Health, December 2009); 30 hours face-to-face and 30 hours self-directed study, participation in ongoing support and feedback sessions. 

The 30 hours of self-directed training requirement will be comprised of videos and applying information learned to short exercises, and readings. Ten hours of pre-work is required before the first workshop date.  The additional 20 hours will be through assignments between workshop dates and participation in the follow-up calls.  Certificates of completion will be administered when each participate completes their 60 hour requirement.

Targeted Audience: This training is for unlicensed health care providers who are interested in providing screening and brief intervention services that are eligible for Medicaid reimbursement in Wisconsin.  Please review the SBIRT Forward Health Memo for more information. If you have any questions about who should attend this training from your organization, please contact Laura Saunders (

Anyone can deliver SBIRT as long as the 60 hour training/learning requirement is met. No educational background or prior experience is required. In fact, there is some evidence that SBIRT practitioners (non-licensed) without a master's degree or any prior experience in behavioral health do just as well in patient outcomes than those with the masters and experience. It goes to show that SBIRT is truly designed for delivery by non-specialist personnel. This may include non-licensed social workers, health educators, Licensed Practice Nurses, health educators, community health workers, peer recovery specialists, etc. 

Registration Fee: The registration fee will cover the cost of lunch, refreshments, snacks, and training materials for all 5 days of in-person training.

WPHCA Members: $125/person

Non-WPHCA Members: $150/person

*** WPHCA Members need to be logged into the website to get the member rate ***


In-Person Training Overview: The training will take place over 5 days in November and December 2019.

Training Activity



Workshop training #1

Monday, November 11, 2019


Review SBIRT concepts from pre-work assignments

Review MI concepts from pre-work assignments

Practice administering and scoring screening instruments

Workshop training #2

Tuesday, November 12, 2019:


Practice giving feedback

Practice matching feedback and recommendation to patient assessment results

Practice doing reassuring/reinforcing patients who are abstinent

Practice applying Motivational interviewing skills and strategies to Brief interventions

Workshop training #3

Wednesday, November 13, 2019:


Workshop training #4

Monday, December 16, 2019:


Practice making a patient centered plan for the reduction or cessation of substance abuse with the patient

Practice follow-up visit conversations

Workshop training #5

Tuesday, December 17, 2019:


Final practice, observed exams and written knowledge exam


CEUs: The Great Lakes ATTC will be able to provide CEUs through the National Association of Addiction Professionals (NAADAC). To review the organizations who accept NAADAC CE's please follow the link:



Laura A. Saunders, MSSW is with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Engineering and an independent consultant. Since 2001, Laura has designed, facilitated, and delivered MI and SBIRT training and coaching in person, online, and via distance learning in the fields of health care, human services, public health, and criminal justice. She has provided feedback and coaching to hundreds of learners who are interested in using evidence based practices to fidelity.  Laura has also conducted train the trainer events.  She joined the International group of Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) in 2006 and is an active Member of Wisconsin Motivational interviewing group. 

Mia CroyleMA is a Behavioral Health Project Specialist with MetaStar, quality improvement organization that works with health care providers to continually improve the quality of care.  Trained as a clinical mental health counselor, Mia has worked in a variety of behavioral health and primary care settings.  She has spent the past 10 years working on the integration of behavioral health into primary care settings, especially Screening and Brief Interventions for unhealthy alcohol and other drug use. Her primary focus is on healthcare communication and she is a sought-after trainer in Motivational Interviewing, an evidence-based communication style for facilitating behavior change.  She has a M.A. in clinical mental health counseling from Valparaiso University.   



In order to adopt a complex clinical practice such as SBIRT, practitioners may need support beyond the workshop and organizations may need additional implementation support. SBIRT trained practitioners will be offered the opportunity to participate in bi-monthly telephonic learning collaboratives for the advancement of their skills.  We’ll discuss particular situations that arise and continue to build skills.

For practitioners who are interested in individual feedback and coaching on their practice, they will be invited to submit audio recordings of their work with their clients.  The ATTC (University of WI-Madison) will set up a Business Associate Agreements with these agencies to ensure that patient data is protected.

Ongoing support will be offered for 6 months following workshop completion through the Great Lakes ATTC with no cost to participating organizations. While bi-monthly (2x month) participation would be best, practitioners can opt out of any individualized or group coaching session that doesn’t fit their schedule or learning needs


The ATTC will provide access to a menu of implementation supports for no cost to participating organizations. The level of involvement in the implementation activities will vary from organization to organization. Organizations that are very primed to implement new evidence-based practices may integrate SBIRT with ease. It’s fairly likely that most organizations will need some support to fully implement SBIRT. 

The menu of options and time needed to participate is listed in the table below. Please contact Laura Saunders ( with any questions on implementation support.

Change leader academy

In person- 6 hours

Individual PDSA cycle coaching

2-6 hours total

Provide assistance with developing and monitoring quality metrics. (We will provide sample tools for screening, tracking and supporting SBIRT ongoing efforts).

1-4 hours total

Provide support to implementation teams-via telephone or in person

1-4 hours total



We do not have a block of rooms reserved. We do have group rates with these 2 hotels.

  • Staybridge Suites Madison - Mention WPHCA - Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association, $110 - 608-241-2300
  • LaQuinta - Mention promo code - WPHCA1 - $85 - 608-245-0123



For questions on the content of the training, who to send to the training, or general questions about SBIRT, please contact Laura Saunders (

For questions about logistics for this training, please contact Lindsey Hess (; 608-277-7477) or Molly Jones (; 608-443-2957).


Cancellation Policy:

Registered participants may substitute another participant at no charge up to the day of the conference. Please inform WPHCA staff Lindsey Hess ( of the substitution as soon as possible to coordinate meals and participant materials. Participants may cancel at no charge up to 7 days before the event begins. No refunds are available for cancellations 6 days or fewer before the event begins.