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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) : 7.4 Referral to Treatment

If the provider determines that the client is in need of more extensive treatment or has a severe risk for alcohol or substance abuse, the client must be referred to an appropriate substance use treatment provider.
Referral to more extensive treatment is a proactive process that facilitates access to care for clients who require a more extensive level of service than SBIRT provides. Referral is an essential component of the SBIRT intervention because it ensures that all clients who are screened have access to the appropriate level of care.

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