On Wednesday, September 26, 2018 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET we walked you through the SS/HS Framework Implementation Toolkit (SS/HS FIT).
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On behalf of our team at The National Resource Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention, we want to thank you for joining our Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) Webinar: Making Schools and Students Safer on Wednesday, September 26, 2018.
Participants learned how the Safe Schools/Healthy Students model has made schools and communities healthier and safer, as well as learned about the Safe Schools Framework Implementation Toolkit (FIT), which can be accessed at safeschoolstools.org.
This brief highlights many notable and emerging successes of grantees in expanding and sustaining LAUNCH services through policy changes that advance child wellness goals at the state, territory, or tribal level. An analysis of recent successes finds that grantees were most likely to make policy changes focused on expanding screening and assessment, one of the five LAUNCH core strategies, likely because it is simpler and less costly to scale than the other LAUNCH programmatic approaches.
The Boys Town Specialized Classroom model was implemented to reduce disruptive behaviors, discipline referrals, and absenteeism among students with emotional and behavioral problems in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The model is implemented by classroom teachers and has strong evidence of reducing office referrals and disruptive behaviors, and increasing academic engagement, instruction time, and on-task behaviors among students.
To increase the number of students receiving mental health services, Connecticut schools have engaged community mental health providers in delivering school-based care. The engagement and support of community mental health providers has led to an increase in students receiving school-based mental health services in all three participating SS/HS districts and in the state.
To reduce the incidence of suspensions and expulsions, particularly for male students of color who are disproportionately impacted, Connecticut employed a Restorative Practices approach across its SS/HS districts. Baseline data indicated that statewide, male students were twice as likely to be suspended as female students, which was true for all racial and ethnic groups. Further, Black and Hispanic boys were 2-3 times as likely to be suspended or expelled as White boys, and Black and Hispanic girls were 4-6 times more likely to get such a sanction as their White counterparts.
“The Collaboratory” integrates various state grants and initiatives to ensure a climate of collaboration. State leaders worked together to develop a State Integration Team to include many state initiatives in order to align the work across the state. The initiatives include: Project AWARE, School Climate Transformation, Pre-K Development, Systems of Care, Office for a Safe and Respectful Learning Environment, OJJDP Comprehensive School Safety Initiative, and State Youth Treatment Planning for Substance Abuse.
The Nevada Department of Education, Office of Safe and Respectful Learning Environment (NDE OSRLE), established the Governor’s Social Workers in Schools Initiative with the focus of creating safe schools through prevention programming as well as a system of multi-tiered interventions for students. Providing a social worker in the schools has enhanced the strategy to create safer schools.
The three LEAs (Lyon, Nye, and Washoe School Districts) partnered to develop and provide mental and behavioral health consultation, screening, assessment, and treatment for students and their families on site at school. As a result, services have been provided for 2,042 students (2013-2016 school years). The school districts and community agencies have developed the infrastructure and capacity to continue these services.