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SBIRT for Youth LC logoSubstance use by adolescents is a significant public health problem and is associated with both acute and long term health problems. The American Academy of Pediatrics and other organizations recommend screening and brief intervention to prevent or reduce substance use as part of routine care for adolescents.

The goals of the learning community are to:

  • Examine the application of SBIRT in various youth settings
  • Create a community of providers, administrators and researchers who share a passion for reducing and/or eliminating substance use in youth populations
  • Share experiences with implementing SBIRT in youth settings

SBIRT for Youth Learning Community sessions are free and open to the public. Register for upcoming learning sessions and review past presentations here.



The Adolescent Substance Abuse Program at Boston Children’s Hospital: Experiences in Preventing, Identifying and Treating Substance Use

January 25, 2017 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM Eastern Time



The mission of the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) at Boston Children’s Hospital is to provide national leadership in the identification, diagnosis and treatment of substance use disorders in children and adolescents. Through a combination of treatment, policy, advocacy work, and research, their team works to further treatment for young people and prevent future problems from occurring. This webinar will discuss the advances ASAP has made in implementation of SBIRT, their multidisciplinary care model, and research efforts to address the specific needs of medically vulnerable youth when caring for and creating policy around substance use in adolescents.


Julie Lunstead, MPH is the Project Manager at the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) at Boston Children’s Hospital. Prior to joining ASAP, Ms. Lunstead was the Program Developer and Health Promotion Advocate for the Pediatric Emergency SBIRT program at Boston Medical Center, where she provided screening and brief intervention services to adolescent patients presenting to the emergency department. Ms. Lunstead currently manages ASAP’s research portfolio and professional training program. She received her MPH in International Health from Boston University in 2011, and her bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College.

For more information from previous speakers, look through our list of recorded webinars below and view a past session on-demand.


Participants: Fill out the form below! Thank you for participating in the SBIRT for Youth Learning Community. We are looking to make some changes and improve your experience going into our second year. Please take five minutes to complete this survey to provide us with valuable feedback, suggestions, and improvements. We look forward to your continued participation in our Learning Community.

Interested in sharing your knowledge? Please complete the SBIRT for Youth Learning Community Participant Feedback Form and indicate your interest! This is an opportunity for you to share experiences or plans about SBIRT of your own. You’ll also get the chance to ask questions and get answers from other SBIRT implementers, as well as input from your colleagues!

Click Here to complete the SBIRT for Youth Learning Community Participant Feedback Form 


Available on-demand!

An Introduction to the Learning Community and a Review of the Research
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 1PM-2PM
Recording available here:

Administering and Interpreting Adolescent-Specific Screening Instruments and Results
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 1PM-2PM
Recording available here:

Featured SBIRT Programs with Dr. Tosan Oruwariye
SBIRT in school-based health centers in the Bronx, NY
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 1PM-2PM
Recording available here:

Featuring Geoff Miller
King County, Washington, youth school-based extended brief interview SBIRT model
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 from 1PM-2PM
Recording available here:

Featuring Amy Pepin
New Hampshire Youth SBIRT Initiative
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 from 1PM-2PM
Recording available here:

Featuring Bridget Murphy and Evan Elkin
Five-site pilot of a new SBIRT model with juvenile justice involved youth (SBIRT JJ)
Vermont, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, and Washington
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 from 1PM-2PM
Recording available here:

A New Adolescent SBIRT Toolkit for Educators, Featuring Dr. Tracy McPherson
NORC at the University of Chicago’s newly-released Adolescent SBIRT Instructor’s Toolkit for Social Work, Nursing and Other Educators
Thursday, March 17, 2016 from 1PM-2PM
Recording available here:

Mastering SBIRT Skills Using Virtual Patients: A Next Generation Approach, Featuring Cyrille Adam
SBIRT skill building through virtual patients.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 from 1PM-2PM
Recording available here:

Developing an SBIRT Model for Use in Juvenile Justice Settings, Featuring Karli Keator and Keith Cruise
National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice, Policy Research, Inc.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 from 1PM-2PM
Recording available here:


SBIRT for Adolescents: Why & How Twitter Chat  – Click HERE to learn more
Using the hashtag “#SBIRT4youth,” IRETA, The Hilton Foundation, and The National Council for Behavioral Health hosted a Twitter chat on SBIRT for adolescents during December 2016. Participants representing organizations from across the county joined to share their ideas, successes, and challenges. The above link leads to a curated summary of the chat.

Adolescent SBIRT Curriculum Click HERE to learn more
This curriculum offers skills-based education on Adolescent Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT). The curriculum is comprised of an Instructor’s Toolkit containing the Learner’s Guide to Adolescent SBIRT with companion slide decks and supplemental resources, and ​the ​web-based SBI with Adolescents simulation program.

Online Course – SBIRT for AdolescentsClick HERE to learn more
IRETA offers a free online course for practitioners interested in the basics of SBIRT for Adolescents.

The CRAFFT Screening Tool
The Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research – Click HERE to view their website
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.
Click HERE to download a PDF version

Trust for America’s Health
Reducing Teen Substance Misuse: What Really Works.
Click Here to download a PDF version

Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention for Youth: A Practitioner’s Guide 
Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention for Youth: A Practitioner’s Guide” is designed to help health care professionals quickly identify youth at risk for alcohol-related problems.
Click HERE to download a PDF version 

Adolescent SBIRT Toolkit for Providers
This guide was developed through a partnership between The Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Abuse Services; The Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, Division of Child and Adolescent Services; and the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project.
Click HERE to download a PDF version