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There are at least three ways that you can put a copy of a patient's Personal Feedback Report (PFR) into your Electronic Medical Record (EMR). Which of these that you will use will depend on your EMR.

All of these methods start the same way:

  1. Open the patient's eSBIRT record and go to their PFR.
  2. At the top of the record is an Export link. Next to if is a drop down menu of options.

There are a variety of export options from which to choose.

Any of these will generate a file on your computer that can then be uploaded into your EMR.

Method 1 - Add a PDF copy

  1. Select PDF from the menu and click the export link.
  2. A PDF file will be saved on your computer. Rename it as you wish and upload it to the patient's EMR record.

Advantages: High fidelity copy that can be printed for later use.
Disadvantages: Not easily searchable. Multistep process. Care must be taken to not leave PHI on your personal computer.

Method 2 - Add an RTF copy

  1. Select Rich Text Format from the menu and click the export link.
  2. A rich text document file will be saved on your computer. Word opens these by default. Rename it as you wish and upload it to the patient's EMR record.

Advantages: High fidelity copy that can be printed for later use. As a word document it may be more easily searchable
Disadvantages: Searchability will be determined by the specific EMR. Multistep process. Care must be taken to not leave PHI on your personal computer.

Method 3 - Paste into a text entry box (when you don't want to upload a file)

  1. On the web site select the text in the PFR and copy it.
  2. In the EMR go to the text box where you would like this information (e.g., a clinical note) and paste the text. (Note that sometimes the graphs do not get pasted in the correct location. It that is a problem, export the Rich Text Format into Word, select and copy the text in that document and paste it into the text box.)

Advantages: One step cut-and-paste process. No PHI stored on your computer. Searchable to the extent that the EMR searches notes.
Disadvantages: Graphics may be misplaced. Will not print a high fidelity version from the EMR note.


For these screens and assessments to be used with adults who are developmentally delayed they would need to be verbal and living either independently or some place with a lot of freedom to be at risk. That would eliminate individuals who are very low functioning and nonverbal.

However, folks with developmental delays do engage in risky substance use and if they are positive on the prescreen it would be appropriate to use eSBIRT to help you determine and deliver an appropriate level of service adapting it to the capabilities of the individual.


The federal confidentiality rules in 42 CFR Part 2 would not apply to primary care health homes in most cases because they do not normally meet the definition of a “program” (i.e., substance abuse treatment is not their principal practice) and do not hold themselves out as providers of alcohol and drug abuse treatment services:

Further, while the term “general medical care facility” is not defined in the definitions section of 42 CFR 2.11, hospitals, trauma centers, or federally qualified health centers would generally be considered “general medical care” facilities. Therefore, primary care providers who work in such facilities would only meet Part 2’s definition of a program if 1) they work in an identified unit within such general medical care facility that holds itself out as providing, and provides, alcohol or drug abuse diagnosis, treatment or referral for treatment, or 2) the primary function of the provider is alcohol or drug abuse diagnosis, treatment or referral for treatment and they are identified as providers of such services.  [Source:]

Of course, the lines in some cases are not clear, and any agency in question should seek legal counsel.

Division of Comprehensive Psychiatric Services
Division of Alcohol & Drug Abuse
Department of Mental Health
1706 E. Elm St.
Jefferson City, MO  65101
Phone (573) 751-9499
Fax (573) 751-7814  

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CHCs participating in the Missouri Primary Care Health Home Initiative will receive $30,000 in one time funding to cover the costs associated with start-up for the implementation of SBIRT  Permalink
Absolutely. Anyone with authorization to your patients' on eSBIRT can complete the process. Permalink

The eSbirt site offers three levels of training:

  • Screening
  • Brief Education/Intervention (5-15 minute intervention)
  • Brief Coaching (up to 5 sessions)

A description of the training and costs is available.A training preview is available to unregistered users by clicking the SBIRT Training Preview menu.

To begin training for credit register on this site. You will receive an email with a verification link. Clicking that link will send you back to the site to login verifying your email address. Once verified, select the SBIRT Training menu option to start training.

NOTE: This training is open to all registered users. You do not need to be a Missouri Primary Care Health Home provider to take the training or receive certifications.

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eSBIRT uses screens that have been validated on adults (18+ years old). Because of this it does not accept screens on individuals younger than 18.

To screen youth we recommend the CRAFFT.

The CRAFFT is a behavioral health screening tool for use with children under the age of 21 and is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics' Committee on Substance Abuse for use with adolescents. It consists of a series of 6 questions developed to screen adolescents for high risk alcohol and other drug use disorders simultaneously. It is a short, effective screening tool meant to assess whether a longer conversation about the context of use, frequency, and other risks and consequences of alcohol and other drug use is warranted. CRAFFT Website

The assessment is available for multiple languages in two formats:

  • Assists CHC in meeting five of the required performance measures for the Primary Care Health Home Initiative
    • Substance abuse screening utilizing a standardized tool
    • Reduce proportion of adults reporting use of illicit drugs
    • Reduce proportion of adults who drank excessively
    • Tobacco use assessment and cessation advice/treatment
    • Depression screening utilizing a standardized tool
  • $30,000 in additional funding to support substance use prevention efforts
  • Access to training and technical assistance for your behavioral health consultant
  • Opportunity to develop and/or enhance the relationship with your local alcohol and drug treatment providers
  1. In the past 3 months, how often do you have a drink containing alcohol?
  2. In the past 3 months, how many drinks containing alcohol do you have on a typical day when you are drinking?
  3. Females (and Males over 65): In the past 3 months, how often do you have 4 or more drinks on one occasion?
    Males: In the past 3 months, how often do you have 5 or more drinks on one occasion?
  4. In the last twelve months, did you smoke pot, use another street drug, or use a prescription painkiller, stimulant, or sedative for a non-medical reason?
Prescreen provider completed version (pdf) Permalink

As in all medical procedures it is a patient's right to refuse. However, it is often the case that refusals are based on misunderstandings. So, ask the patient why they do not want to participate. Based on their concerns some possible responses include:

  • “Your doctor feels that your health habits are important to your overall health.“
  • “We ask the questions of everyone and we don’t single anyone out.”
  • “We have a set of standard questions that we ask everyone to make sure we provide the best care possible.”
  • “We ask everyone to help improve our patients’ long-term health.”
  • “We ask everyone, as substance misuse is a major factor in accidents, injuries and chronic health conditions.”

eSBIRT is a secure web based system built to collect the information and support service provision for Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) programs. eSBIRT supports unlimited users, programs, sites, and locations.

eSBIRT walks users step-by-step through the SBIRT assessment and service process.(Demographics > Prescreen > Full Screen > Drinking comparison > Readiness to change > Personal feedback report > …

As users respond to questions, it dynamically tailors its self so that no unnecessary information or assessments are ever presented. Questions and information are provided a page at a time making it easier for users to contextualize the content and respond. Data quality checking is built into the system highlighting issues for the user before the data is saved. This user experience has been used successfully by both trained SBIRT staff and untrained users. All assessments are available in English or Spanish.

At the conclusion of the assessment process eSBIRT enumerates the individual’s risks and recommends a service that is specific to their needs.

Services for most individuals are based upon motivational interviewing techniques. Because of this, a Personal Feedback Report is generated for each individual to support motivational enhancement. This report describes the various risks the individual faces, compares their current behaviors with normative data, and offers specific behavioral change recommendations based on their current readiness to change. In addition to its use during motivational interviewing, the report is printed, allowing individuals to take it home for further reflection.

eSBIRT provides evidence base manualized service guidance for a single brief (about 15 minutes) session and for those needing the next step up in services, five one hour sessions. For each type of session, providers are briefly reminded of the topics to cover and the approach to be taken. Each session includes an explicit evaluation by the staff and patient to help measure their impact. For individuals needing referral eSBIRT tracks warm hand off activities.

In sum, eSBIRT provides a usable, secure, and flexible platform for the provision and reporting of SBIRT services.

Download a PDF of this description.

The local ID number is whatever number you use to uniquely identify this patient in your EMR. It may be called a case number or patient ID. What is important is that this number is used to identify the patient each time they are admitted/seen by your site. Permalink
  • SAMHSA Grant awarded to the Department of Mental Health 
  • Grant is Administered by Missouri Institute for Mental Health on behalf of DMH 
  • Grant is designed to reduce risky alcohol and drug use to prevent problem substance use and reduce medical costs.
  • MPCA in partnership with MIMH and St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute will be providing training for the behavioral health consultants in April 2012.
    • Format of Training:
      • Face to face training at a central location in Jefferson City or Columbia for the behavioral health consultants
        • Topics:
          • Roles, responsibilities, and interventions for behavioral health consultants practicing in a primary care setting
          • SBIRT model, tools, and procedures (Screener, ASSIST, brief coaching/interventions, documenting in eSBIRT, evaluation, reporting requirements)
        • Webinar(s)
        • Face to face regional training likely in Columbia, Kansas City, Springfield, and St. Louis for the behavioral health consultants and nurse care managers provided by MIMH master trainers
          • Topic:
            • Motivational Interviewing
        • Learning Collaborative Learning Sessions
        • Site visits
        • Telephone technical assistance and consultation
To prevent unnecessary duplicate data entry, the PHQ2 is no longer entered in eSBIRT. Permalink
  • Conduct SBIRT screening with ALL patients 18 and older
  • Screening is designed to be completed once per year.
  • Seven questions (5 SBIRT and 2 Depression questions)
  • PHQ 2 Depression Screening will be added to SBIRT screener to allow ease in administering required yearly depression screening
  • CHC will need to create or adapt screens and/or templates in EMR according to MPCA recommendations to capture SBIRT pre-screen answers for reporting to FQHC, MOSBIRT, and MO HealthNet Division for the MO Primary Care Health Home Initiative (costs associated with creating/adapting screens or templates in the EMR will be the responsibility of the CHC).
  • MPCA is working with Arcadia and MIMH regarding the IT for the implementation of SBIRT and mapping/reporting to the data warehouse (mapping costs to the data warehouse will be covered by MPCA contract with MIMH)
  • Staff member rooming the patient asks the patient the SBIRT prescreen questions once per year
  • Answers are entered directly in the EMR (distinct data fields)
  • Positive screening results on the SBIRT questions require additional action.
    • Positive SBIRT requires the administration of the ASSIST assessment developed by the World Health Organization and ideally is performed by the behavioral health consultant to determine if further action is needed. This is done in the eSBIRT system.
  • Contract will be with Missouri Institute of Mental Health a division of the University of Missouri St. Louis
  • To start the contracting process, complete the collaborating agency portion of the new vendor form and return to Barbara Keehn at
DSS will not offset the funding on the cost report due to originating from a federal agency (Susan received e-mail confirmation from DSS) Permalink