The Opioid Crisis and K-12 Schools: Supporting Students at School

Event Date: 
December 19, 2018 - 03:00pm to 04:15pm EST

This webinar provided examples of how the opioid crisis is impacting our schools and students and provided insight into strategies that can support students impacted by the crisis.

The event was designed to provide building-level administrators, teachers, and specialized instructional support personnel with information on how they can effectively support students impacted by the opioid crisis.

The webinar included federal, state, and school-level perspectives.

  • Frank Brogan, Assistant Secretary of the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education, provided opening remarks.
  • Mary Ann Gapinski, Director School Health Services, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, described the state’s effort to bring Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) to MA schools and the impact they’ve seen as a result.
  • Jeff Hawkins, Executive Director, Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative, presented information on the Cooperative’s efforts to empower and engage staff and students in rural schools as change agents in addressing the opioid crisis.

Archived Materials

For more information, go to illustrates the magnitude of the opioid crisis and actions the Trump Administration is taking to address it.

For questions regarding the content presented in the webinar, email