Referral to Treatment
SBIRT: Referral to Treatment
Referral to treatment is a critical yet often overlooked component of the SBIRT process. It involves establishing a clear method of follow-up with patients that have been that have been identified as having a possible dependency on a substance or in need of specialized treatment.
The referral to treatment process consists of assisting a patient with accessing specialized treatment, selecting treatment facilities, and helping navigate any barriers such as treatment cost or lack of transportation that could hinder treatment in a specialty setting. The manner in which a referral to further treatment is provided can have tremendous impact on whether the client will actually receive services with the referred provider.
Bridging the Gap Between Primary Care and Behavioral Health - Referral Forms
Community Care of North Carolina, in partnership with other stakeholders, has developed a set of three referral forms (below) for primary care and behavioral health providers to facilitate easier consultation and communication.
Form #1 – Behavioral Health Request for Information – this form is for behavioral health providers who begin working with a new consumer or identify a potential medical need, and wish to make contact with the PCP.
Form #2 – Referral to Behavioral Health Services Section I – this form is for PCPs to make a direct referral to a behavioral health provider for an assessment and/or services.
Form #3 – Behavioral Health Feedback to Primary Care Section II – this form is to be used in conjunction with the 2nd form listed above. It is for behavioral health providers to complete and send back to the PCP after receiving a referral.
Sample Warm Hands-Off Scripts and Procedures was created by California’s Integrated Behavioral Health Project and provides several examples of scripts that can be used to make a “warm handoff” referral.
SAMHSA Treatment Locator is a searchable directory of drug and alcohol treatment programs by location.
SAMHSA Mental Health Treatment Locator provides professionals, consumers and their families, and the public with comprehensive information about mental health services and resources across the country.
Sample Business Association Contract from the Wisconsin Initiative to Promote Healthy Lifestyles (WIPHL) that provides details of the privacy related information that could be included in a contractual agreement between a health clinic and a behavioral health organization.
Sample MOU from the Wisconsin Initiative to Promote Healthy Lifestyles (WIPHL) is an example of what types of information may need to be included in a Memorandum of Understanding between to a community health organization and a behavioral health organization to deliver SBIRT services.
Enhancing the Continuum of Care: Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care through Affiliations with FQHCs this document walks providers through the process of setting up a formal partnership between an FQHC and a Community behavioral health organization.
For more information on Contracts and MOU please refer to the Center for Integrated Health Solutions page.