- About MASBIRT TTA
- SBIRT information
Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) focuses on prevention, early detection, risk assessment, brief counseling and referral for assessment that can be utilized in the school setting. Use of a validated screening tool will enable school health teams to detect risk for substance use related problems and brief intervention strategies will help to address these concerns at an early stage in adolescents.
In March, 2016, the Massachusetts Legislature enacted an Act relative to substance use, treatment, education and prevention (STEP Act) which outlines the requirements for public schools in the Commonwealth to engage in substance use screening and education. Legislation can be found at https://malegislature.gov/Laws/SessionLaws/Acts/2016/Chapter52 (see Sections 15, 63, 64, 66).
The MA Department of Public Health School Health Services is providing skills and implementation training to assist school districts in successfully incorporating SBIRT into schools.
See below to register or request a training in your district. For questions:
Wanda Visnick, DPH SBIRT in Schools Coordinator
MaryAnn Gapinski, DPH Director School Health Services
MDPH School Health Unit in collaboration with the Bureau of Substance Addiction Services is offering trainings to assist school personnel to implement SBIRT in Schools. The training offerings are:
Request a training
The training team is fulfilling requests to offer Imlementation Essentials trainings locally in districts. If you would like to offer an Implementation Essentials training at your school or in a community setting, submit an online request HERE.
Due to capacity issues, Introductory Trainings are only being offered regionally. Check www.shield-bu.org for upcoming sessions.
State Requirement for Districts to Implement a Substance Use Related Verbal Screening Tool guidance can be found at http://www.doe.mass.edu/sfs/safety/verbalscreening.html
The SBIRT in Schools Guidelines and Recommendations document has been removed from this website until further revisions and updates can be provided. Disregard all previous editions of this document. We will post a more current version as soon as possible. Please remove from use all other earlier editions.
SBIRT in Schools: An Introductory Walkthrough
SBIRT in Schools: Reinforcing Healthy Behaviors and Addresssing Safety Concerns
SBIRT in Schools: Talking About Drinking
Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline
The Massachusetts Helpline will continue to work with families and other key stakeholders to devise the most appropriate course of action for adolescents and young adults ages 13-24 in need of treatment for their use of substances. Options include: