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Michigan’s Increase in Mental Health Supports

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.

Ohio Engaging and Connecting Minority Populations to Schools

The Greene County Educational Service Center (ESC) has a large minority population in their pre-schools and elementary schools with over 20 different languages and cultures represented.  Most students need services through the ESL (English language learner) and LEP (limited English proficiency) programs. ESC desired to effectively address diverse student needs while also engaging students and their families in a positive and respectful manner. 

Ohio’s Evidence-Based Interventions for Safe Schools

The Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and the PAX Good Behavior Game are evidence-based programs (EBPs) that appear on the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP). These classroom-based universal preventive intervention provides teachers’ strategies to grow nurturing classroom environments, foster social-emotional health, improve students’ attention and focus to academic tasks, provides trauma-informed prevention strategies to use as classroom management practices.

Using Technology for Data Collection in Ohio

The Ohio Healthy Youth Environments Survey (OHYES!) is a free, voluntary, web-based survey to collect information that schools, communities leaders, and parents can use to identify important areas of need, access resources to reduce risk behaviors, create healthy and safe communities, schools. and family environments, and to track improvements in health and safety over time. OHYES! is a statewide survey of Ohio school students in 7th and 11th grades.

Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (ECMHC)

Greene County Educational Service Center (ESC) developed the ECMHC program to promote young children’s social and emotional development, to address challenging behaviors, and to assist parents/caregivers of young children in the region who have experienced high levels of trauma or toxic stress. The caregivers in early learning programs were not adequately trained on how to support the social-emotional development of children. In Greene County, 44 out of 57 child care centers were not yet participating in the Ohio’s quality rating and improvement system.

Building Bridges in Rochester, New Hampshire

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.

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