Washington Screening, Brief Interventions, and Referrals to Treatment (WASBIRT-PCI) Project
In 2003, Washington state received a five-year grant to implement SBIRT in nine emergency departments statewide. A total of 106,464 persons were screened using SBIRT during this grant period.
WASBIRT initiative findings
The key findings from the 2003-2008 WASBIRT initiative were:
- Declines in substance use, increased abstinence, reduced anxiety and depression, increased employment, and reductions in homelessness
- Increased admissions to chemical dependency treatment for individuals who received a brief intervention
- Reductions in medical costs for individuals who received a brief intervention
The findings from the 2003-2008 initiative were so promising that Washington decided to expand SBIRT services.
Review the final tracking report (2009-02-11).
Washington reapplied for the SAMHSA SBIRT grant to expand SBIRT into primary care and began receiving funding for the Washington Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment Primary Care Integration (WASBIRT-PCI) Project in September 2011.
- WASBIRT-PCI is a five-year grant from 2011-2016.
- Washington was awarded $8,333,000 from SAMHSA over the five year period.
- WASBIRT-PCI has partner clinics in five counties in Washington.
The goal: sustainable, reimbursable
The WASBIRT-PCI goal is to implement SBIRT into primary health and create a sustainable, reimbursable SBIRT system.
Much time has been dedicated to opening billing codes created by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and make sure the billing codes are practical for clinics. The Medicaid codes became available for use January 1, 2014.
SBIRT can be billed under Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance in the state of Washington.
- Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
- Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)
- Northwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network (NW ATTC)