The CRAFFT is a behavioral health screening tool for use with children under the age of 21 and is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics' Committee on Substance Abuse for use with adolescents. It consists of a series of 6 questions developed to screen adolescents for high risk alcohol and other drug use disorders simultaneously. It is a short, effective screening tool meant to assess whether a longer conversation about the context of use, frequency, and other risks and consequences of alcohol and other drug use is warranted.
Follow the link to learn more information regarding the CRAFFT-II Screening Tool.
CRAFFT-2 Screening Tool
Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment
In compliance with the new Massachusetts House Bill No. 4056, SBIRT will be conducted for 7th grade and 9th grade students during the school year 2017 - 2018. SBIRT stands for Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment. It is a very short confidential health screen developed to identify and help youth who may be struggling with drug and alcohol issues as well as to prevent youth from using in the first place. This is a research based best practice model that is being required of all School Districts in Massachusetts as part of the MA Opiate Prevention Bill. If you would prefer that your child not participate in this screening, we ask that you please send a note to your school nurse stating to exempt your child.
Legislation Mandating SBIRT in SchoolsIn 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).
More information will be sent home in a separate letter to explain this new Massachusetts Department of Public Health mandated screening. You can also get more information from the school nurse, or watch the videos below.
SBIRT in Schools: Reinforcing Healthy Behaviors and Addresssing Safety Concerns.
SBIRT in Schools: Talking About Drinking.