K-12 Prevention Education Initiative

Background and Instructions

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Efforts to establish safe, supportive, and healthy schools are best created through a collective effort and partnership between the schools and the community. Understanding the importance of risk and protective factors and building resiliency in the school environment can make a huge difference in student academic and personal success. These programs and services are more effective when delivered within a best-practices framework.  Such a framework should include the following components:
      ·  school community partnerships
·  needs assessment process
·  policy change and development
·  full continuum of prevention programs and services targeting specific risk and protective factors
·  social emotional learning integrated within all academic instruction for K-12
·  trauma-informed practices
·  parent/guardian engagement and services  
·  peer to peer support
·  early identification of trauma exposures and behavioral health needs
·  access to clinical treatment
·  staff support and professional development for teachers, administrators and other staff
·  programs and supports provided outside the classroom or outside of the school day
This self-assessment tool will assist Ohio school districts with identifying their current strengths and capacities for integrating quality prevention strategies, including social, emotional and behavioral health programming within the school environment. The self-assessment tool will have the capacity to create summary reports for local districts, ADAMH Boards and other partners. These reports will provide information to assist local communities with their planning efforts and help to identify trends and needs for statewide investments. This statewide tool can provide a baseline picture of what school districts currently have in place. When repeated annually, it can provide a picture of growth and expansion efforts that occur in response to the additional resources that are available.
For the purposes of the K-12 Prevention dollars, districts are required to complete one self-assessment for their district needs in preparation for developing a local plan of action. In addition, the tool can be used by individual buildings within the district for building-level planning efforts.

Best Practice Model Resources

Safe Schools Healthy Students

Social Emotional Learning

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

Trauma-informed schools

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