Mental Health & Substance Use
In order to ensure student safety and wellbeing, each Highline middle school participates in a mental health and substance use prevention and intervention program. The goal of the SBIRT program is to support students’ physical, emotional and social well-being, as well as to minimize adolescent drug, alcohol, and nicotine use.
Last year, this program helped identify the strengths and needs of almost 1,400 Highline middle school students districtwide, connecting them with services and resources to help them succeed. This year, middle school students may participate in a survey called “Check Yourself” during class, and may receive follow-up from the support team as needed. Participation is voluntary and does not impact class performance or grades. Responses are confidential, though parents and legal guardians may request to review responses.
Due to COVID-19 and distance learning, many students are experiencing isolation, anxiety, and depression at higher rates than before. This program works to bridge gaps during distance learning and connect students with ongoing supports. The SBIRT team will primarily use Zoom to speak with students one-on-one.
- What is the screening and intervention program called and how does it work?
- What questions are asked during the screening?
- Who will take the screening? When will this take place?
- Is taking the screening voluntary?
- How is student identity protected?
- Who is on the student support team?
- How is the screening different from the Healthy Youth Survey?
- How are the screening results used?
- How is the screening funded?
Cascade Middle School
Lauren Tran, MSW
Chinook Middle School
Glacier Middle School
Micah Price, MSW, LSWAIC
Pacific Middle School
Amelia Gross, MSW, LSWAIC