Studies have found that smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol can stunt a baby’s growth in the womb or cause premature birth, lifelong defects or death.
That is why in 2011, the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) developed SBIRT, a screening tool for doctors to ask pregnant Medicaid patients about their tobacco use, alcohol and substance abuse, domestic violence and mental health.
The aim is to help reduce the state’s infant mortality rate, which is above the national average.
It only takes a few minutes only to ask and answer the few questions. The goal of the SBIRT test is to get women the help they need to keep their babies healthy.
SBIRT Reference Material
SBIRT Provider Presentation
SBIRT Screening Form
Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS) Reference Material
SBIRT DAODAS County Contacts
SBIRT DAODAS Referral Form
South Carolina Treatment Resources for Pregnant Women with Substance Use Disorders
Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Reference Material
DHEC Quit Line Click to Call Flier
DHEC Quit Line Fax Referral Form
South Carolina 2As + R Brief Tobacco Intervention Training
South Carolina Tobacco Quitline Handout
South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SCDMH) Reference Material
SCDMH Authorization to Disclose PHI Form
SCDMH Referral Form
SCDMH SBIRT Contact List
Other Reference Material
Exam Room Poster
Motivational Interviewing: A Tool for Behavior Change
SCDHHS' SBIRT Press Release
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