start making changes IHSI’s pharmacy integration group enhances clinical pharmacists’ role in patient care by integrating behavioral and physical health services through evidence-based collaborative care innovations. Project Lifeline is the cornerstone program for this area and is funded through the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation from July 2019 through December 2021. The initiative implements Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) practices in community pharmacies in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

Project Lifeline

Funded by NACDS, Project Lifeline aims to increase patient access to care for hazardous and harmful substance use, equip pharmacists to screen patients for risky substance use and provide appropriate interventions, and evaluate whether pharmacy based SBIRT services lead to downstream improvements in clinical outcomes and decreases in associated healthcare costs. Please complete the contact form at the bottom of this page if you are interested in receiving more information about the project or hosting a project site.

Where in Pennsylvania are the Project Lifeline project sites?

Allegheny County Pennsylvania mapThis 30-month program is implementing Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) practices in 14 community pharmacies in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. IHSI implementation specialists have partnered with participating pharmacies to assist with capacity building, community capacity development, training and education, patient-centered interventions, physical/behavioral health screenings, and developing integrated pharmacy approaches for reducing stigma associated with substance use disorders (SUD).

pharmacy integrationProject Lifeline outcomes to-date include:

  • Integrating SBIRT services into existing workflows at participating sites.
  • Increasing positive health outcomes for patients at participating sites.
  • Reducing SUD-related costs in Allegheny County.
  • Advocating for reimbursement models for pharmacists providing SBIRT services in Pennsylvania.

Project Lifeline in the news:

pharmacistCurrent stakeholders include:

– UPMC Health Plan
– Gateway Health Plan
– Giant Eagle
– UPMC Retail Pharmacy Network
– Asti’s South Hills Pharmacy


Visit the IHSI homepage to learn more about our funding portfolio and program areas.