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SUNY Downstate Receives $945,000 Grant to Train Residents and Students in Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for Patients at Risk for Substance Abuse 

Award Will Create SBIRT Training Center, Develop Curricula, and Measure Success

Brooklyn, NY – SUNY Downstate Medical Center has received a $945,000 grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to create the SUNY Downstate SBIRT Training Center.

The new center will train resident physicians in the Departments of Medicine, Family Medicine, and Psychiatry in the College of Medicine and physician assistant and midwifery students in the School of Health Professions in the skills necessary to provide evidence-based screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) to patients who are at risk for a substance abuse disorder.

Jack A. DeHovitz, MD, MPH, FACP, Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Medicine, serves as principal investigator on the grant, which comes to SUNY Downstate via The Research Foundation for The State University of New York.

The SBIRT Center will develop and implement SBIRT training curricula tailored to these five health profession groups: HIV track internal medicine residents; HIV track physician assistant students; midwifery students; family medicine residents; and psychiatry residents. The center will also train subspecialist faculty to build internal leadership capacity and ensure sustainability; train the five trainee groups to conduct SBIRT in clinical settings; and serve as a resource for Brooklyn clinicians for SBIRT training. The three-year grant will also provide for the creation of a series of measurable objectives to evaluate the program’s success.

The SUNY Downstate Medical Center SBIRT Training Center is supported by grant number: 1 H79 TI026005-01.


About SUNY Downstate Medical Center

SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, College of Nursing, School of Health Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, School of Public Health, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively.

SUNY Downstate ranks twelfth nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools. More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.