SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral for Treatment) is an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce and prevent problematic use, abuse, and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs. UNE has received a three-year grant totaling $870,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for the “Collaborative SBIRT Training for Maine’s Future Health Profession Leaders" project.

The program will be directed by Clay Graybeal, Ph.D., professor in the School of Social Work, and will provide training to UNE health professions students in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Pharmacy, College of Dental Medicine, Dental Hygiene, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant and Social Work.