SMART Choices Willow Grove


UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh-Community Based Services 
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences


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SMART Choices Learning Collaborative

Kick-Off Meeting


Friday, November 22, 2019

8:30 AM to 4:00 PM 


Giant Food Store Community Room
315 S. York Road
Willow Grove, PA 19090


Course Director

Abigail Schlesinger, MD



UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh has been selected by Pennsylvania state officials to increase access to Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for patients across Pennsylvania.  SMART Choices is a Learning Collaborative designed to train primary care and behavioral health providers to screen patients for substance use and provide appropriate interventions.  Validated screening tools are used to determine the patient’s frequency of substance use and probability of developing a substance use disorder (SUD).  SMART Choices Learning Collaborative participants are trained to provide brief advice or brief intervention, when indicated, and to provide referrals for patients who need specialty substance use treatment. 


The SMART Choices Learning Collaborative is one year in length and requires each participating practice to self-identify a Quality Improvement Team (QIT).  QIT members participate in three in-person trainings and one group phone call per month. QITs complete Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycles monthly and review their progress during the group phone calls.  Certified SBIRT trainers facilitate each call and provide support to the QITs.


Who Should Attend

Representatives from each QIT should attend this training.  QITs should include at least one Primary Care Physician, Family Practice Physician or Advanced Practice Provider (PA, DNP, CRNP).  QITs should include a variety of disciplines, such as Behavioral Health Therapists, Registered Nurses, Practice/Office Managers, and Quality Improvement Specialists.  If you have any questions, please contact Shannon Meyers at 412-585-4276.


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