On July 21, 2016, the University of Alabama School of Social Work (UA SSW) announced it was selected by the Alabama Department of Mental Health (ADMH) to launch a primary care addiction screening program. UA SSW was awarded a five-year contract valued at $8 million to expand the AL-SBIRT program that provides alcohol and drug screenings, brief interventions and referral to treatment (SBIRT) into primary care settings. The contract is funded by a new grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Health care professionals providing SBIRT use motivational interviewing to do quick assessments for . . .