Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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SBIRT - Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment

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 promote students’ physical, emotional and social well-being, as well as to minimize adolescent drug, alcohol, and nicotine use.

This year, Evergreen High School and Mount Rainier High School are piloting this program. Due to COVID-19-related stress, many students are experiencing increased rates of anxiety and depression. This program works to bridge gaps during this challenging time and connect students with ongoing supports - these may include mental health counseling, substance use services, therapeutic groups, mentorship, and crisis intervention resources.

Since 2018, this program has helped identify the strengths and needs of over 3,000 Highline middle school students districtwide, connecting them with services and resources to help them succeed.

This year, middle and high school students may participate in a survey called “Check Yourself” during class, and could 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.

see our SBIRT FAQs for more information

Meet the SBIRT Staff

Micah Price, MSW, LICSW

Pronouns: he/him/his

(206) 631-5314 (Office)

(206) 705-8649 (Google Voice)

Micah Price works at Glacier Middle School as the Prevention and Intervention Specialist - SBIRT. He has a Bachelor of Science in Human Services, a Master of Social Work, and experience working in a variety of traditional and alternative schools.

When working with middle school students, Micah blends humor with honesty and compassion with encouragement. He enjoys helping students open up about their strengths and challenges while exploring strategies for managing anxiety, depression, ADHD, and the journey through adolescence.

Outside of Glacier Middle School, Micah works part-time as a therapist at an ADHD center. His other passions include woodworking, hiking, camping, writing, and spending time with his three dogs and partner. 

Lauren Tran, MSW

Pronouns: she/her/hers

(425) 954-5269

Lauren Tran is the Prevention and Intervention Specialist - SBIRT at Cascade Middle School. She has been working closely with children, youth, and families in various social service settings for over a decade. She holds a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Washington. Passionate about equity in mental health and embedding the development of social-emotional skills into academia, Lauren believes a student’s narrative and perspective harbors a wealth of knowledge and that growth starts with identifying one’s goals.

In partnership with families and community, Lauren supports students navigate the trials of adolescence, mental health concerns, substance use, interpersonal conflicts and more. When not working with youth, she enjoys cooking, eating, fresh air and spending time with her family and friends. 

Amelia Gross, MSW, LSWAIC 

Pronouns: she/her/hers

(253) 234-9507

Amelia is the Prevention and Intervention Specialist – SBIRT at Evergreen High School and Mount Rainier High School. Amelia is emboldened by the resilience, tenacity, and creativity of young people. She believes in centering youth stories and encouraging personal empowerment and agency.

Amelia values family/guardian input as a vital part of student success. Her own story as a young person inspires her to be an adult who listens and affirms. She holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Washington. Amelia specializes in disability justice, creative facilitation, and harm reduction. She previously worked as a national consultant, partnering with multiple school districts. She has worked with King County Department of Community and Human Services, Harborview Medical Center, and community-based organizations. Outside of work, Amelia loves exploring the PNW, discovering new music, and spending time with her community.

Emily Roskey, MSW, LSWAIC

Pronouns: she/her/hers

(206) 631-5748 

Emily is the Prevention and Intervention Specialist-SBIRT at Chinook Middle School. She is a passionate advocate, educator, artist, and social worker. Emily attended a bilingual immersion school in Spanish near Boston, MA where she grew up. Since then, she has lived and worked in the Midwest and California before coming to Seattle to be closer to family and nature. Emily’s previous work experiences have been centered on social emotional learning, education access, and school-based mental health. Emily’s other passions include gardening, yoga, and getting fresh air in nature.

Taylor Gonzalez

Pronouns: he/him/his

(206) 631-6068 (Office)

(253) 237-6063 (Google Voice)

Taylor Gonzalez is the Prevention & Intervention Specialist – SBIRT at Sylvester Middle School. He has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and experience working with youth in a variety of settings in many direct care roles (youth/family advocacy, refugee resettlement, applied behavior analysis, residential counseling). Taylor has also been coaching wrestling at Sylvester since 2018.

Taylor has helped young people re-engage in an alternative high school learning environment for the past 4 years in Highline Public Schools and is passionate about working with students and families in the district.

Taylor supports students by meeting them where they are at, practicing goal setting, building onto individual strengths, and developing new skills to help find their own success. In his free time, Taylor enjoys spending time with his wife and son, traveling, and trying new things. He also enjoys making music, creating art, and collecting comic books.

Alane Gacad

Pronouns: she/her/hers

‪(206) 705-3016 

Alane is a Mental Health Prevention and Intervention Specialist who supports young people to identify their social and emotional needs in a school environment at Pacific Middle School. This is her sixth school year working for the Highline Public Schools. She believes that empowering young people to share their stories and to be free from their circumstances are the building blocks to their successes in life beyond school.

During the years at HPS she has managed small groups, after school programs, and increased student attendance rates. She values the growth and humor that comes with middle school students.  Alane holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Management Information Systems from San Jose State University. She loves to stay active by training group exercise classes, hanging out with family and friends, and enjoys her food adventures.



Office: (206) 631-5314
Google Voice: (206) 705-8649


Google Voice: (425) 954-5269


Google Voice: (253) 234-9507 


Office: (206) 631-6068
Google Voice: (253) 237-6063


Office: (206) 631-5748


Google Voice: ‪(206) 705-3016