As we move forward, I want to give you head's up about our plans regarding SBIRT! SBIRT short for Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral and Treatment. It is an evidence based process that helps us identify young people who are at risk for substance misuse/abuse. It's implemented like any other screening out of the nurse's office. Using a CRAFFT tool( I have copies if you would like to see them!)and motivational interviewing, the school nurse asks some very specific questions to the student. If they receive a high score on the screening, they are identified at risk and channeled into a process to receive help and monitoring. Northampton High School has been doing this for a few years now with excellent results. I will be presenting to the School Board Health and Safety sub-committee next month to ask permission to move this forward, if you have any interest or comments I'd love to hear them!
Stay warm, Maureen