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December 2016 Texas Medicaid Provider Procedures Manual

Behavioral Health, Rehabilitation, and Case Management Services Handbook : 7 Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) : 7.3 Brief Intervention

Brief intervention is performed following a positive screen or a finding of at least a mild to moderate risk for alcohol or substance abuse. During the session, brief intervention involves motivational interviewing techniques (such as the Brief Negotiated Interview) that is focused on raising the client’s awareness of his or her alcohol or substance use and its consequences. The session is also focused on motivating the client toward behavioral change.
Subsequent screening and brief intervention sessions within the allowable annual limitations may be indicated to assess for behavior change and further explore a client’s readiness to make behavioral changes related to their alcohol or substance use.
Providers may choose to schedule multiple screening and brief intervention sessions in a rolling year in order to provide ongoing support to a client at risk for substance abuse who is receptive to behavior change.

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