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Safe Schools/Healthy Students Sites

Connecticut’s SS/HS diffusion initiative: 1) promotes the physical and emotional well-being of youth; 2) prevents youth violence and substance use; and 3) creates safe and respectful school climates. The project supports SS/HS implementation in three local school districts that represent 7% of the state’s public school population. Students in SS/HS districts face significant disparities across indicators such as poverty levels, academic achievement, chronic absenteeism, suspensions, expulsions and arrests.

The Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) Grant has allowed Michigan the opportunity to incorporate and scale up lessons learned from the 2010-2015 Safe and Supportive schools grant to eliminate the health and safety barriers in education, and create safe, supportive schools that will increase the opportunity of academic success for all students. Through a comprehensive multi-tiered system of support, data driven decision making, and bi-directional collaboration at the state and local level, Michigan is working to develop and implement best practice models that contribute to successful educational, physical, and behavioral health outcomes for all children and families.

In 2013, New Hampshire received the first Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) grant ever received in the state. Prior to SS/HS, school mental health services and Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) were only available in a small number of schools. With SS/HS funding, school mental health supports and PBIS are beginning to be brought to scale with greater training and integration offered at the State and local levels. The SS/HS Framework and statewide infrastructure developed with staffing and project activities have served as a foundation for successful grant proposals that are enhancing local and state efforts to support student safety and wellbeing.

Between 2000-2009, Nevada was one of the fastest growing states in the country, but in 2010, the U.S. economic depression hit hard, particularly in the rural counties. Suddenly Nevada had the highest foreclosure rate in the country and rated last in many education and health indicators. In 2013, the Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) grant offered the opportunity to build back depleted resources that students, families, and schools so desperately needed.

Before Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS), Ohio’s rural communities needed better access to services and a system of school and community partnerships to support the substance use, mental health, and violence prevention needs of students and families. In 2013, SS/HS grant offered two rural communities and an urban school district an opportunity to identify partners, needs, plans, and processes for utilizing state and local resources to develop safer and healthy students, families, schools and communities.

The challenges facing young people are enormous, and all children and youth need a safe and supportive learning environment to ensure success. The Pennsylvania Safe Schools/Healthy Students Partnership aims to create safe and supportive schools and communities in 3 Local Education Agencies and their partner Systems of Care counties (Carbon-Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21/Lehigh County, Northeastern School District/York County, PENNCREST School District/Crawford County), and ultimately throughout Pennsylvania.

The significant shortage of school mental health providers in Wisconsin has historically limited access to mental health services for children and families. Moreover, the needs assessment revealed disparities related to students of color being suspended at higher rates and LGBTQ students reporting lower perceptions of safety and support at school. WI has integrated SS/HS funding with other federal funding opportunities to develop strategies to expand access to mental health services, target and reduce identified disparities for students, and also expand the notion of effectively engaging and partnering with students and families in these processes.

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