SBIRT in Schools

Massachusetts law (MGL Chapter 71, Section 97) requires verbal substance use health screenings in public schools. SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) is being used as a comprehensive approach to meet this mandate. This course prepares learners to manage school SBIRT programs and apply best practices in screening, reinforcing healthy choices, and intervening when students report substance use behaviors.

This course includes both live classroom and online training content. Health professionals seeking contact hours and nurses seeking licensure as school nurses must complete all components of this course.

  • The online lesson of this course describes the impact of substance use on teens, regulatory requirements for conducting verbal substance use screenings in schools, and key elements of the SBIRT in Schools program.
  • The live class allows learners practice SBIRT skills including screening, providing positive reinforcement, conducting brief negotiated interviews using Motivational Interviewing principles, and making referrals.

- October 23, 2019
- November 18, 2019
- December 11, 2019
- February 12, 2020
- March 24, 2020
- May 13, 2020

Registration fee:
$0 (FREE)

Steps to Complete Course

Step 1: Complete Online Module
Complete online module on the New England Public Health Training Center (NEPHTC) website:

(NOTE: If you have never visited the NEPHTC site you will need to create an account before completing the modules)

Step 2: Register for In-Person Portion of the Course
Register for and attend the in-person, half-day class by following the instructions at the end of the online module on the NEPHTC site.

NOTE: You are required to complete the online module before registering for the in-person portion of the program.

The next dates for the live portion of the SBIRT in Schools training will be:

August 20, 2019: Assabet Valley Collaborative, Marlborough MA
October 17, 2019: Crosstown Center Building, Boston Medical Center, Boston MA
October 23, 2019: UMASS Conference Center (UMASS Club Concourse Level), Boston MA
November 18, 2019: Crosstown Center Building, Boston Medical Center, Boston MA
December 11, 2019: Forefront Center for Meetings and Conferences, Waltham MA
February 12, 2020: Wylie Inn and Conference Center, Beverly MA
March 24, 2020: John Carver Inn, Plymouth MA
May 13, 2020: The Delaney House, Holyoke MA

Step 3: Complete Online Evaluation
Complete the course evaluation online by following the instructions given at the end of the in-person class.

Step 4: Claim Credit
After completing the evaluation you will be given instructions on how to claim credit on the BUCME/CNE website. Once you have claimed credit you may access your certificate anytime by going to, logging into your account and clicking on the word, transcript, in the upper right hand corner of the page.