BIG Initiative SBIRT Education

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SBIRT: Working with Physicians in Ongoing Care Coordination


On-Demand Recording:

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Continuing Education Credit:

Certificates of Completion are not available for this on-demand webinar.



Clients who are identified as having unhealthy drinking patterns through the SBIRT protocol may need to be referred to a physician for additional services.  It is imperative for you to coordinate the referral with the physician, follow-up with your client to ensure services are being received and share information so that you and the physician are working together.  This webinar will discuss how to link clients to medical services as needed and work with physicians and other medical staff in ongoing care coordination. 

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this webinar, you will be able to: 

  • Identify the circumstances where it is necessary to refer a client to his or her physician; and
  • Maintain effective communication with a client’s physician.


Larry Westreich, MD

Board Certified Psychiatrist

Dr. Westreich specializes in the treatment of patients dually diagnosed with addiction and mental disorders. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in general psychiatry and holds a certificate of added qualifications in addiction psychiatry. Dr. Westreich is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Department of Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine and serves as the consultant on drugs of abuse to Major League Baseball. He is the President-Elect of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, and formerly worked as the Director of Bellevue Hospital's Detoxification Unit and Dual Diagnosis Unit. Dr. Westreich now lives in Upper Montclair, New Jersey with his wife and three children.

Marc Fishman, MD

Board Certified in Addiction Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine

Dr. Fishman is a member of the Psychiatry faculty of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Medical Director of Maryland Treatment Centers, a regional behavioral health care provider which includes Mountain Manor Treatment Center in Baltimore for adolescents, Mountain Manor Treatment Center in Emmitsburg, MD for adults, as well as several other inpatient and outpatient programs.  His clinical specialties include treatment of drug-involved adolescents, co-occurring addiction and psychiatric disorders, opioid dependence in adolescents and adults, and addiction with co-morbid pain. Dr. Fishman served as a co-editor for the most recent edition of the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s (ASAM) Patient Placement Criteria (PPC 2-R), and served as the chief editor for the recently published ASAM PPC Supplement on Pharmacotherapies for Alcohol Use Disorders.  He is the chair of the Treatment Criteria Committee and the Adolescent Committee for ASAM.  He is currently serving a term as the President of the Maryland Society of Addiction Medicine.  
Who Should Attend:

Employee assistance professionals, addiction professionals, social workers, mental health counselors, professional counselors, psychologists and other helping professionals that are interested in learning about SBIRT.