- About MASBIRT TTA
- SBIRT information
Because school nurses and counselors are uniquely positioned to discuss substance use among young people, it is recommended that schools allow for opportunities for appropriately trained staff to reinforce prevention, screen for substance use, provide counseling and make referrals as necessary to all adolescents, including students in upper elementary grades. Adolescent Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) focuses on prevention, early detection, risk assessment, brief counseling and referral intervention that can be utilized in the school setting. Use of a validated screening tool will enable school nurses and counselors to detect risk for substance use-related problems and to address them at an early stage in adolescents.
In March, 2016, the Massachusetts Legislature passed bill House, No. 4056 which outlines the requirements for public schools in the Commonwealth to engage in substance use prevention 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, in collaboration with the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, is providing skills and implementation training to assist school districts in successfully incorporating SBIRT into schools. To engage in SBIRT planning and training, contact:
MaryAnn Gapinski, DPH Director School Health Services
MDPH School Health Unit in collaboration with the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services is offering a series of trainings to assist school personnel to implement SBIRT in Schools. The training offerings are:
Trainings are being offered across the state and are open to all.
Sign up for an in-person training at www.shield-bu.org
The training team is fulfilling requests to offer Imlementation Essentials trainings locally in districts. Due to capacity issues, Introductory Sessions are only being offered regionally. Check www.shield-bu.org for upcoming sessions.
If you have space and would like to offer an Implementation Essentials training at your school or in a community setting, submit an online request HERE.
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: