About the GAIN-SS Screening Tool

Screen today and protect the future.

Screen for success!

Keep your students safe and healthy by
looking for risk and protective factors.

Kids Learn At School

Help ensure they’re picking
up the right lifelong habits.

Satisfaction

is knowing you were the
right person at the right time.

Why you should choose the GAIN-SS screening tool

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Identification

Quickly and accurately identify students who may have behavioral health disorders.

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Monitor

Monitor the progress and outcomes of students who receive behavioral health services.

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Data Integrity

Collect data on the prevalence and severity of behavioral health problems among students.

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Reduce Stigma

Reduce stigma and increase awareness of behavioral health issues among students.

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Collaborate

Collaborate with parents and school
team members to identify effective
solutions.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the GAIN-SS Assessment Tool

The GAIN-SS (Global Appraisal of Individual Needs – Short Screener) was developed in 2010 to help assess the potential for substance use and mental health disorders in adolescents and young adults. Extensive research over the years shows that the GAIN-SS is a reliable and valid tool with a high level of sensitivity and specificity. This makes it an ideal tool for school settings, where early identification and intervention can prevent further problems from developing. By using the GAIN-SS in school settings, professionals can identify students who may be struggling with substance use and mental health disorders and help connect them and their families to the appropriate supports and services.

Is GAIN-SS age specific?

The GAIN-SS (Global Appraisal of Individual Needs – Short Screener) is designed to be age-appropriate for individuals between the ages of 12 and 24, making it an effective tool for use in school settings.

What are the benefits of using GAIN-SS in schools?

The GAIN-SS (Global Appraisal of Individual Needs – Short Screener)  can be used in schools to identify students who may require additional support or interventions. Here are some benefits of using GAIN-SS:

  • Early identification of students who may be struggling: GAIN-SS is a quick and efficient tool that can be used to identify students who may need additional support in areas such as academic performance, behavior, and emotional well-being.
  • Customized interventions: GAIN-SS provides detailed information about each student’s needs, which allows schools to refer them to customized services and supports that are tailored to each student.
  • Improved student outcomes: By using GAIN-SS to identify and provide interventions for struggling students, schools can help improve their academic performance, behavior, and emotional well-being.
  • Efficient use of resources: GAIN-SS is a quick and efficient tool that can be used to screen large numbers of students in a short amount of time. This allows schools to identify students who may need additional support through efficient use of resources.
  • Data-driven decision making: GAIN-SS provides schools with data that can be used to make informed decisions about how to support students, track student progress, and adjust approaches as needed.

 By using data-driven decision making, schools can ensure that every student receives the support they need to succeed.

How is GAIN-SS scored?

The GAIN-SS (Global Appraisal of Individual Needs – Short Screener) consists of 18 questions, and the scoring process is straightforward.

Each question in the GAIN-SS assessment tool has a designated point value, ranging from 0 to 4. The higher the point value, the more severe the individual’s symptoms.

After the questions are answered, the total score is calculated by adding up the point values for each question. The resulting score can range from 0 to 72.

Student Assistance Programs can use the GAIN-SS score to identify the severity of the individual’s symptoms and determine the appropriate referrals to services. The tool can also be used to monitor an individual’s progress over time.

By utilizing a point system, the tool’s scoring is clear, consise, and accurate.

Why has the state of New Hampshire selected GAIN-SS?

New Hampshire’s Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services has adopted The GAIN-SS (Global Appraisal of Individual Needs – Short Screener) as the screening tool to be used by Student Assistance Programs (SAPs) due to its documented reliability
and validity, and its ease of administration.

How long does it take to learn to administer the tool?

Learning how to administer the GAIN-SS requires completing an online, 60-minute, self-paced training and passing a online test.

Course Resources

This manual is designed to help SAP Coordinators and their schools understand the process of screening students and ensure protocols are in place to meet all local, state, and federal requirements associated with confidentiality and consent.