• Funder: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • Award: $995,000/year for 5 years – GRANT SUBMITTED FEBRUARY 21, 2018 (Announcements expected by September 30, 2018)
  • Targeted Areas: Natchitoches, Ouachita, East Baton Rouge, Washington, Tangipahoa, and St. Tammany Parishes


SBIRT is one of SAMHSA’s services grant programs. It is expected that recipients will deliver screening activities, brief interventions, and referral and linkage to treatment to individuals seeking medical attention in primary care or community health settings. This may be for adults 18 years and older only or in conjunction with adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18 years of age. It is the intent of this program to demonstrate the impact of SBIRT services on early identification of individuals with risky substance misuse as well as individuals symptomatic for an SUD.

The program is designed to:

  1. enhance the continuum of behavioral health care
  2. increase the integration of behavioral health with primary care
  3. disseminate the SBIRT approach across a wide extent of state, tribal and non-profit community health settings (e.g., health centers, hospital systems, etc.)
  4. increase adoption of SBIRT in primary care and other medical care settings
  5. change systems and policy adoption of SBIRT
  6. increase the behavioral health expertise of the primary care workforce
  7. ensure direct and timely access to specialty treatment
  8. increase the reimbursement possibilities for this practice

Contact: Marisa Marino, Grants Management Coordinator marisa.marino@la.gov