Substance Abuse Prevention Tools and Training for Schools & Nurses

Through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), school nurses can obtain free tools and training to assist students and other individuals with substance use disorders and those at risk of developing these disorders.

Developed by SAMHSA, screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach that provides:

  • Rapid screening to assess the severity of substance use and identifies the appropriate level of treatment.
  • Brief intervention to increase insight and awareness regarding substance use and motivation toward behavioral change.
  • Referral to treatment for those identified as needing more extensive treatment with access to specialty care.
    Locally, our Health partners at Northwell Health have pledged to provide free training to school personnel and continuing education credit. Additionally, Northwell delivers all levels of care.

Phase One

Partership with Northwell Health to share the latest best practices for prevention. Participants will learn a humanized approach to substance use, each individual’s role in ending the epidemic and tools to addressing the issue in school settings. Learners will be empowered with skills to coach their colleagues and students on how to effectively identify substance use and work with those who are identified. Resources and tools will be provided to all.


– Sandeep Kapoor, MD, MS-HPPL, AVP of Addiction Services, Northwell Health
– Brian Pritchard, LCSW, Associate Executive Director, South Oaks Hospital
– Sharon Skariah, MD, Division Director of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, South Oaks Hospital

Agenda for the day:

– Humanizing + Prevalence + Power School Professionals Bring to the Table – Sandeep Kapoor
– How to Identify Struggling Students – Brian Pritchard
– Landscape of Care + Navigating Resources – Sharon Skariah
– Overdose Prevention – Sandeep Kapoor

Phase Two

Medical Professionals Outreach

Phase Three

Community Outreach and Advocacy

Get more information on SBIRT and become an advocate in your school, community, organization

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