Ohio is one of seven states awarded a Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) grant in 2013 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. Ohio had already been a leading champion in mental health promotion and youth violence, including substance use prevention. This opportunity from SAMHSA provided Ohio with resources to extend this work to develop and increase early childhood social-emotional learning, promote behavioral health in schools, link families, schools, and communities, and create safe and violence free schools.
Ohio has strengthened partnerships at the state and local levels by developing state and community management teams to enhance system capacity and provide effective community-based models and mentors for communities. They have also developed and implemented integrated, comprehensive, data-driven strategic plans to prevent, delay the onset or mitigate the seriousness of behavioral health challenges.
Watch this video on how the State used the SS/HS Framework to create an infrastructure that fosters best practices that are proven to work in communities to effect positive change for children, youth, and families in Ohio.
Greene County, Harrison Hills City School District, and Williams County were the three pilot local education agencies (LEAs) that received SS/HS funding from the State. These videos depict the progress made in each of these diverse LEAs over the past 4 years of SS/HS funding.
Greene County: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kVn1MW-CB0&feature=youtu.be
Harrison Hills City SD: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2GRBZ--fcE&feature=youtu.be
Williams County: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWgl5I4s_QM&feature=youtu.be