- 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.
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:
The training includes:
An administrative overview of the SBIRT mandated screening program,
An introduction to the CRAFFT II screening tool and instructions on how to use the tool,
Motivational Interviewing skills to use immediately by the screener while discussing verbal screening results with students.
Save the Date!
October 25, 2018
December 13, 2018
March 21, 2019
May 15, 2019
Register for one of these sessions at the SHIELD website
To request a Mastering SBIRT or Implementation Essentials training, complete a request form by clicking HERE.
MASBIRT TTA is also available for consultation by request if there are specific technical assistance needs of your district. Submit an online request for a consultation HERE.
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
MA Clearinghouse Resource List
DPH Health Advisory- Alcohol and Pregnancy
MA Marijuana Guidance
The New Look of Nicotine Addiction- Get Outraged
Links to Adolescent Resource Organizations and Websites
Contact information for SBIRT Pilot Sites
Addiction is a Developmental Pediatric Disease
AAP article: Counseling Parents and Teens About Marijuana Use in the Era of Legalization of Marijuana
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: