The three LEAs (Lyon, Nye, and Washoe School Districts) provided ASQ-SE training for schools and community early childhood professionals. As a result, developmental screenings have been provided to 1,169 young children (2013-2016 school years). The school districts and community agencies have developed the infrastructure and capacity to continue the ASQ-SE screenings.
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Collaboration and Partnership
Collaboration and partnerships among organizations, agencies, and child-serving systems are critical for supporting all students. Partnerships are based on a shared vision, resources, and goals or outcomes.
SS/HS encourages a variety of collaborative partnerships in order to effectively promote wellness of youth and families. These include working relationships between states and their local communities (or local education agencies) as well as a wide variety of stakeholders (including youth and families) at the community level. For instance, SS/HS grantees will create both a State Management Team (SMT) that includes representatives from state education, behavioral health (i.e., mental health and substance use), and criminal/juvenile justice agencies as well as a Core Management Team (CMT) with their local education, behavioral health, law enforcement, and juvenile justice agencies. Additional partners could include child welfare, early childhood, faith-based community organizations, foundations, community coalitions, and family and youth representatives.
The number of students receiving school-based mental health services each year has increased to over 1,800 in 2015-16, which is 16% of all students across the three SS/HS LEAs in Michigan. SS/HS created sustainable collaborations with community partners and strengthened the infrastructure to facilitate student access to mental health services, track referrals, provide trainings and workshops for staff and families, and streamline data collection and sharing.
The State and community leaders partnered to develop the Healthy Schools and Communities Resource Team. The purpose of the team is to promote integration and alignment of the work among Ohio’s federal-funding initiatives, including Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS), Project AWARE, and School Climate Transformation Grants.
Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) has been the “guiding light” for citywide collaboration, supporting an improved relationship between the Rochester School District (RSD) and the City of Rochester. The Rochester Recreation Department (RRD) is a key partner in this collaboration, which directly supports Rochester youth with new programing and access to key relationships. These connections offer validation to the RRD for their critical role in the life of the city.
Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) implementation within Pennsylvania’s overarching system of care partnership is creating numerous new opportunities for schools at the center of their communities. This strategy is generating great benefits for comprehensive approaches to address the consequential role of trauma in the lives of local students and their families in several school districts throughout Crawford and Lehigh counties.
Our presenters, Dr. Ken Martinez and Dr. Larke Huang discussed how SAMHSA grantee communities around the country are using disaggregated demographic data to actively reduce and eliminate disparities and disproportionalities in new and creative ways.
This module describes how to develop a logic model, with a special focus on logic models for Safe Schools/Healthy Students grantees.
A community in California was concerned about the number of middle- and high-school students using alcohol and marijuana out of school. A sub-committee on substance abuse and behavioral health issues including administrators, staff, police, recreation workers, parents, and students began to examine and re-evaluate their substance abuse prevention programming in schools.
West Chicago, Ill., has had an influx of Mexican immigrants, and the local school district has had difficulties adjusting to these changes, including involving families in the school and the community. To address the challenge, a core management team member and West Chicago native remembered a time the police department worked with the schools in West Chicago to host athletic nights for students and families.
Kershaw County School District – Camden, SC
In 2013, the Kershaw County School District Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) program implemented a multi-level, comprehensive approach to addressing mental and behavioral issues within the school district. The Santee-Wateree Department of Mental Health Services became a key partner. This partnership allowed the school district to place and support five mental health counselors in schools.
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