- 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.
Caitlin Pettengill, DNP, RN
Assistant Director of School Health Services
MA Department of Public Health
MDPH School Health Services in collaboration with the Bureau of Substance Addiction Services is offering trainings to assist school personnel to implement SBIRT in Schools. The training offerings for the 2021-22 School Year are:
SBIRT in Schools: Introduction to Identifying and Addressing Substance Use - Introductory training for all MA School Health Professionals conducting SBIRT. If you have attended an Introductory training previously, you do not have to take this course again.
The self-paced training modules can help you refresh your SBIRT in Schools skills. Be sure to consult SY21-22 resources for required screening tools and process updates. The role-played scenarios use actors portraying students and School Health Professionals. Teaching modules use Massachusetts School Health Professionals talking about their experiences. Note to School Health Personnel: Laurie Melchoinda’s work on this project as a leader in the Braintree SBIRT in Schools initiative is memorialized in these modules. Her commentarty is included with permission from the Laurie Melchionda Foundation.
MASBIRT TTA can provide additional support, including implementation assistance and deepening of skills, to meet individual district needs. Complete a request form by clicking 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
This Frequently Asked Questions document has been prepared by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), in consultation with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), in an effort to answer the questions that arise after attendance at SBIRT training sessions. SBIRT in Schools: FAQ
A toolkit has been developed to provide streamlined information for the implementation of SBIRT in Schools. It is now available on the SHIELD website under the Resources/Health Screenings section or by clicking HERE.
The following videos are examples of SBIRT. For Massachusetts SBIRT in Schools, be sure to consult updated materials for required screening tools and process updates. Videos use actors portraying students. Health professionals are portrayed by professionals who work in the field, and bring their professional experience to the scenarios.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Addiction Services has a dedicated office responsible for the oversight of state funded, substance use related services for youth and young adults, ages 12-26. The Office of Youth and Young Adult Services (OYYAS) oversees the implementation, enhancement, and sustainability of developmentally tailored services including: intervention, treatment, and recovery supports.
To access treatment:
Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline: Substance use resources
Handhold: Behavioral Health resources
To access workforce trainings:
The OYYAS facilitates a variety of statewide substance use trainings for adults working with youth and young adults. For current training opportunities please visit: BSAS Training Calendar