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

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Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Meet the SBIRT Staff

Kayla Blau, MSW,  LSWAIC

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Google Voice: 401-267-2838

Kayla Blau works at Sylvester Middle School as the Prevention and Intervention Specialist - SBIRT. Kayla is a youth advocate with over ten years of experience working with young people in a variety of settings (schools, domestic violence shelters, crisis centers, after-school programs, etc.). She values the authenticity and perspective that students bring and is excited to partner with students and families at Highline Public Schools. She holds a Master's in Social Work from the University of Washington and speaks intermediate Spanish. In her free time, Kayla is a freelance writer and also enjoys reading and community organizing. She is passionate about racial equity, youth self-expression, and trying all the delicious restaurants that Burien has to offer.

Micah Price, MSW, LSWAIC

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Office: 206-631-5314
Google Voice: 206-705-8649

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 playing with his three dogs.

Lauren Tran, MSW

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Google Voice: 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 Masters 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
Office #: (253)234-9507 

Amelia is emboldened by the resilience, tenacity, and creativity of young people. She believes in centering youth stories, 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. Amelia loves exploring the PNW, discovering new music, and spending time with her community.

Danthanh Trinh

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Google Voice: 425-405-5046

Danthanh is the Prevention and Intervention Specialist-SBIRT at Chinook Middle School. She is a youth advocate who works to support young people in nurturing their strengths and challenges, challenging societal structures that do not work for them or their people, and pursuing the lives that they envision for themselves and their communities. She wishes to especially honor the journey of  immigrant/ BIPOC students in education, and the labor of their parents and guardians raising kids in America. Previously, Danthanh was a children’s advocate at a shelter for survivors of domestic violence, and also worked to support families in Seattle Public schools. Danthanh is a child of Vietnamese refugees. She was raised in Connecticut by her parents Ngocmy Nguyen and Hai Trinh, and went to school at Tufts University in Boston. Outside of working at Chinook, she is an artist, and is a part of anti-deportation and community mutual-aid work. 

SBIRT Staff

Kayla Blau, MSW,  LSWAIC

Google Voice: 401-267-2838

Micah Price, MSW, LSWAIC

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

Lauren Tran, MSW

Google Voice: 425-954-5269

Amelia Gross, MSW, LSWAIC 

Office #: (253)234-9507 

Danthanh Trinh

Google Voice: 425-405-5046