Substance Abuse Prevention and Education Policy



Purpose:  The purpose of this policy is to ensure the proper management and implementation of the SBIRT screening program, keep all students healthy and provide appropriate prevention, intervention and referrals as determined necessary.

Goal:  The goal of the SBIRT Screening Program is to provide education for prevention and early intervention of substance use to middle and high school students through use of the CRAFFT II screening tool and to keep students mentally and physically healthy.  Students found to be currently using substances or at risk to use substances will be referred for a brief intervention y a guidance counselor or school nurse and receive follow up counseling and referred for evaluation and treatment as needed. Students who are not identified as using substances will have their healthy choices reinforced by positive feedback.

Management of the SBIRT Screening Program:  NCAHS nurse, guidance counselors, and all those participating in the program must attend an initial training session given by the Department of Public, Health prior to implementing the screening process.  A yearly refresher training course will be required. Upon successful completion of the training session the identified staff will be able to effectively screen students for substance use and/or risk or substance use using the CRAFFT-II screening tool.

Screeners will include:  School nurse, guidance counselors, wellness teachers, and other identified SBIRT trained staff and the Program Coordinators for NCAHS.  Each Screener and those participating in the program will be responsible for:

  • Maintaining student confidentiality;

  • Reporting participation numbers and results to the Program Coordinator as needed for reports to be submitted to the Department of Public Health

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