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Safe Schools/Healthy Students: Alumni Sustainability Stories

The Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative (SS/HS) takes a comprehensive approach, drawing on the best practices and the latest thinking in education, justice, social services, and mental health to help communities take action. SS/HS has produced many successes over the years, successes that others can use to guide their own programs. Representing school districts all over the United States, SS/HS has served rural towns, suburban communities, tribal communities, and sprawling cities.

Eleven Ways the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Framework Implementation Toolkit (Safe Schools FIT) Can Make Your School A Safer Place This Year

As students and educators head back to the classroom this fall, issues like school safety and mental health are undoubtedly top-of-mind. But, how can schools create safer, healthier learning environments with limited resources? Where can communities and schools get the tools they need to make school a great place for all?
The Safe Schools Framework Implementation Toolkit, or Safe Schools FIT, is the answer. 

SAMHSA’s 2018 Voice Awards

SAMHSA’S Voice Awards program honors people in recovery and their family members who are improving the lives of people with mental illnesses, substance use disorders, or both in communities across the country. The awards program also recognizes television and film productions that educate the public about behavioral health and showcase that recovery is real and possible through treatment and recovery supports.

Making it Happen: The Safe Schools/Healthy Students Framework Tool

The SS/HS initiative offers schools/districts and communities an interactive Framework tool that connects the core components of the SS/HS approach, a roadmap of how to plan and implement programs, and the values at the foundation of it all. The interactive Framework tool allows states and communities to proactively develop a comprehensive plan—rather than rely on a set of patchwork solutions—that addresses their unique needs in mental health promotion and youth violence prevention.


Presents a Florida-based website that is designed to equip patients and families with the best information, resources and tools to overcome addiction and lead a lifelong recovery.  While it provides information on Florida-based treatment centers, it gives valuable information to youth, parents and adults about addiction and treatment options.

Town Hall Meetings

Invites communities to host a town hall meeting on addressing underage and high-risk drinking as part of the 2016 national Town Hall Meeting initiative. The website offers tips and resources, videos, and an interactive map showing different communities that are hosting events across the country.


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