SBIRT for Health Professionals Project ECHO Series

SBIRT for Health Professionals Project ECHO Series will provide community health professionals with the training and support they need to manage substance use issues within health settings specializing in treating pregnant and non-pregnant persons of reproductive populations using an SBIRT model.

Mondays (12:00-1:00 pm), March 20 – April 20, 2023

Unhealthy substance use is common among pregnant and non-pregnant persons of reproductive age populations seeking healthcare in Nevada. Among this population, substance use can increase rates of unintended pregnancy, lead to substance exposed pregnancy, including neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NOWS), and impact postnatal outcomes for the parent and infants. Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is a public health strategy to identify and assist patients with unhealthy substance use. SBIRT can be effectively integrated into health settings to improve patient outcomes. SBIRT provides universal screening, prevention, and early intervention for those with risky substance use and referral to behavioral or medication assisted treatment for those who need more intensive services.

The SBIRT for Health Professionals ECHO will provide community health professionals with the training and support they need to manage substance use issues within health settings specializing in treating pregnant and non-pregnant persons of reproductive age populations using an SBIRT model. This program will include an expert specialist team and interdisciplinary clinicians and other health professionals in local Nevada communities. The series will include six weekly tele-ECHO clinics that include a didactic presentation, combined with patient case presentations and mentoring.


Series Schedule/Topics:

  • Session #1: Program Orientation
  • Session #2: Screening
  • Session #3: Brief Intervention and Motivational Interviewing
  • Session #4: Referral to Specialty Care
  • Session #5: Medication-Assisted Treatment
  • Session #6: Implementation Planning


Our Team

  • Christina Boyd, LSCSW, LCAC. Christina is a clinical social worker as well as a clinical addictions counselor who has worked in the behavioral health field for over 23 years. She is currently the Coordinator for Strategic Initiatives for the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare as well as the CEO of a behavioral health consulting company, Hope and Wellness Resources. Christina is an experienced trainer and has provided live and virtual presentations on numerous behavioral health topics throughout the country, and continues to be passionate about the equity of health resources in rural areas.
  • Jennifer Hettema, Ph.D. Dr. Jennifer Hettema is a clinical psychologist with expertise in the development, delivery and evaluation of brief behavioral interventions in medical settings. She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers and has extensive training and research experience related to SBIRT. Dr. Hettema will contribute expertise on: motivational interviewing, brief interventions protocols, and quality/fidelity, to the ECHO expert panel.
  • Melissa Hoffman, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC. Dr. Hoffman is a former labor and delivery nurse, childbirth educator, breastfeeding educator, and community education specialist. She earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Kansas and currently works as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner integrated in an OB Gyn clinic at LMH Health in Lawrence, Kansas. Melissa specializes in reproductive mental health and also facilitates a weekly perinatal mental health peer support group.
  • Maridee Shogren DNP, CNM, CLC.  Dr. Maridee Shogren is a Clinical Professor at the University of North Dakota, Certified Nurse-Midwife, and Certified Lactation Counselor.  She has practiced women’s health, obstetrics, and family planning in a variety of settings where she shares her passion for women’s health with her colleagues and her patients.  Maridee has been involved in SAMHSA funded grant work since 2014 spending three years on an interprofessional SBIRT training grant and currently working with the Region 8: Mountain Plains Addiction Technology Transfer Center and the Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network.  Dr. Shogren is also the principal investigator on the Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts grant funded program, Don’t Quit the Quit. 
  • Jillian Anderson, MA, LADC, MFT
  • Mary Velasquez, PhD
  • Farzad Kamyar, MD