SBIRT and Collaborative Care at Student Health

Student Health Services has expanded mental health care supports for Mason students through two programs – Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) and Collaborative Care.

SBIRT and Collaborative Care are newer, evidence-based models of care integrated into medical clinics.  The program goals are to provide screening and early intervention for people regarding health concerns related to depression, alcohol, drug and tobacco use, as well as other common well-being concerns. Addressing both mental and physical health concerns is important to support health and wellness.

If you have concerns about your health, call SHS at 703-993-2831.

What to expect at your appointment

All patients answer questions (the screening) when they check-in during their first Student Health appointment and then once each year.  Based on the answers, your healthcare provider or a licensed behavioral health provider may ask some additional questions.

Screening results are confidential and not shared outside of Student Health. There is no cost for this service.

Why screen everyone?

Concerns about substance use and depression are common for college students and adults. Identifying and talking about concerns early can have positive impact on academic success and social enjoyment. Treatment can help manage these health conditions.

Conversations about screening results are intended to be non-judgmental and encouraging. They are designed to assist students in making informed decisions, support positive behavior changes, and increase student well-being.

There is a growing need for mental health support for students. Often stigma around mental health issues can stop people from talking about the topic. Many people often approach their primary healthcare provider with concerns. This makes primary care a key location to identify concerns.

Screening in Student Health Services increases access to mental health supports particularly for students who may not feel comfortable asking directly for assistance or who would not have identified symptoms without a screening.

Collaborative Care

For students seeing a healthcare provider at Student Health, Collaborative Care is a voluntary option which adds a behavioral health clinician to provide supportive, team-based care. The Behavioral Health Clinician/Care Manager can work with you to create a mental health treatment and care plan.

Additional Information

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) – SBIRT

Advancing Mental Health Solutions (AIMS) Center – Collaborative Care

American Psychiatric Association – Collaborative Care model