The BIG Hospital SBIRT Initiative

A Learning Collaborative to Expand SBIRT into Hospitals and Other Medical Settings




SBIRT and the Criminal Justice System

Produced in partnership with NAADACNational SBIRT ATTC and NORC

Description: This free webinar will focus on the SBIRT model within the criminal justice system. A description of the tools used within the Cook County Model will be shared as well as the locations the tools are administered.  Focus on the essential need for collaboration between partners will be highlighted with specific examples given from the Cook County Model.  Examples of effective application and identified areas for expansion will be discussed.

Learning Objectives: By participating in this webinar, you will gain:
  • Basic understanding of the SBIRT model;
  • Descriptions and applications of the tools;
  • Knowledge of the Cook County Model; and
  • Determine whether this is a model that will work within your jurisdiction.


Angela L. Ellis, BS, CARS, supervises TASC programs that provides and integrates SBIRT screening in the Cook County State’s Attorney Deferred Prosecution Programs.  These include the State’s Attorney’s Drug Abuse Program, Felony Deferred Prosecution and Misdemeanor Deferred Prosecution. Utilizing internal and external collaborations, Angela is a tireless advocate for community safety as well an active proponent for reversing the tide for over incarceration of people with substance abuse and mental health conditions.  She is currently charged with developing and expanding similar community based services throughout Cook County which are designed to save costs, address individuals’ health issues and reduce recidivism. Ellis has over 18 years of experience in substance abuse treatment and is a 16-year TASC veteran. She has participated in webinars and other trainings related to the SBIRT and deferred prosecution programs. Angela earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from National Louis University and is a Certified Assessment Referral Specialist.

Moderator: Tracy McPherson, PhD, NORC at the University of Chicago 

CE Credit and Certificate: CE credit for this webinar has expired and is no longer available.