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Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Health Professions Student Training

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Short Title: SBIRT- Student Training
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Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

NOFO Number: TI-16-002

Posted on Thursday, November 05, 2015

Application Due Date: Monday, January 04, 2016

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 93.243

Intergovernmental Review (E.O. 12372): Applicants must comply with E.O. 12372 if their state(s) participates. Review process recommendations from the State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) are due no later than 60 days after application deadline.

Public Health System Impact Statement (PHSIS) / Single State Agency Coordination: Applicants must send the PHSIS to appropriate State and local health agencies by application deadline. Comments from Single State Agency are due no later than 60 days after application deadline.


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2016 Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Health Professions Student Training (SBIRT- Student Training) grants.  The purpose of this program is to develop and implement training programs to teach students in health professions (physician assistants, dentists, psychologists, pharmacists, nurses, social workers, counselors, and medical students and residents) the skills necessary to provide evidence-based screening and brief intervention and refer patients who are at risk for a substance use disorder (SUD) to appropriate treatment.  Additionally, the training will develop the leadership skills needed in order to champion the implementation of SBIRT throughout the United States healthcare system with the ultimate goal of helping clients avoid substance use disorders.  The specialty substance use treatment system is often not appropriate, or is unavailable, to those who are at risk for SUD.  Therefore, the intended outcomes of this program are to increase the adoption and practice of SBIRT throughout the health care delivery system with the ultimate goal of helping clients avoid substance use disorders.  SAMHSA expects that SBIRT will be a component of the education curriculum for the identified programs in each academic year for the duration of the grant and an ongoing element of the academic curriculum post-grant award.  A key aspect of SBIRT is the integration and coordination of screening and treatment components into a system of services.  This system links a community's specialized treatment programs with a network of early intervention and referral activities that are conducted during health care delivery.

As shown by data collected from SBIRT cross-site evaluations (SBIRT Cohort I Cross-Site Evaluation Final Report, 2010), the vast majority of SBIRT service providers are health professionals such as physician assistants, dentists, psychologists, pharmacists, nurses, social workers and counselors.  While some physicians deliver SBIRT, physicians also often lead the effort through clinical work, advocacy, and supervising SBIRT service providers in medical settings. This program will address workforce development by increasing the number of health care professionals who can address the needs of persons at risk for SUD.  The training also promotes the emphasis from the Affordable Care Act of a multi-disciplinary team approach to the integration of behavioral health into medical health care systems. 

The SBIRT – Student Training program supports the SAMHSA Health Care and Health Systems Integration Strategic as well as Workforce Development Strategic Initiatives.

The SBIRT – Student Training program seeks to address behavioral health disparities among racial, ethnic, sexual and gender minorities by encouraging the implementation of strategies to decrease the differences in access, service use, and outcomes among the racial, ethnic, sexual and gender minority populations served.  (See PART II: Appendix F – Addressing Behavioral Health Disparities.) 

The SBIRT – Student Training grants are authorized under Section 509 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended.  This announcement addresses Healthy People 2020 Substance Abuse Topic Area HP 2020-SA. 


Eligible applicants are public and private universities, colleges, and medical residency programs that have or are affiliated with programs for medical students, psychologists, pharmacists, dentists, physician assistants, nursing, social work, and/or counseling.

Current grants awarded under the SBIRT Health Professionals Student Training grants (TI-15-001) are not eligible to apply because they are currently receiving funding for this program.  In addition, eligibility is being restricted because SAMHSA seeks to further expand the impact of the SBIRT- Student Training program across the nation and to a variety of academic institutions. 

Eligibility is restricted to these entities because they train health professions students who are most likely to implement SBIRT services to persons at risk of substance use disorders.  These programs have the capacity and structure to train health care personnel in delivering SBIRT services to clients across the range of medical services provision. SAMHSA believes that these entities have the necessary expertise and teaching structure to best provide training of these health care professions students in delivering SBIRT clinical services.

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Grant

Anticipated Total Available Funding: $3,480,000

Anticipated Number of Awards: Up to 12 awards

Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $290,000

Length of Project: Up to 3 years

Cost Sharing/Match Required?: No

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $290,000 in total costs (direct and indirect) in any year of the proposed project.  Annual continuation awards will depend on the availability of funds, grantee progress in meeting project goals, and objectives, timely submission of required data and reports, and compliance with all terms and conditions of award

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