Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative Grant Overview
    Northeastern was awarded a four year Safe Schools Healthy Students grant in 2014. 
    • The grant is for four years for a total of $2 million.
    • It is a Mental Health Promotion and Violence Prevention collaboration effort led by three federal agencies.
      • The Office of Safe & Drug Free Schools with the U.S. Dept. of Education
      • The Center of Mental Health Services within the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
      • The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention with the U.S. Department of of Justice.
    • It provides integrated and comprehensive resources for prevention programs and pro-social services for youth
    • The focus will be on evidence based programming.
    The Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative Focuses on Five Elements
    •  Element 1: Promoting Early Childhood and Emotional Learning and Development   
        • Increase the percentage of publically funded Early Childhood Education programs (i.e. Head Start, Early Head Start, Pre-K Counts, and Early Interventions) utilizing screeners of social and emotional skills 
        • Select a Screener to establish systematic process for measuring social and emotional skills of children in early childhood education
        • Increase the number of meetings between School and publically funded Early Childhood Education providers to address readiness for school
        • Increase the percentage of schools and their publically funded feeder Early Childhood Education programs using a framework in which locally relevant Evidence Based Programs and curricula are embedded to develop social emotional skills in young children
    • Element 2:  Promoting Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Health
        • To increase access to mental health services
        • To increase awareness of mental health issue
        • Decrease the percentage of students self-reporting risk factors associated with depression and suicide 
        • Establish and implement evidenced based programs to promote mental, emotional and behavior health.
        • Establish a screening process to detect risk for depression and suicide
        • To increase awareness of mental health issue
    • Element 3  Connecting Families, Schools, and Communities
        • Engage youth, families and community partner’s to identify current knowledge of systems in their local communities for prosocial engagement
        • To increase training and support of Early Childhood staff in an evidence-based pro-social curriculum
        • Collaborate with community partners to identify community based strategies for increased acknowledgement opportunities in communities
        • Increase family and community participation in Student success
        • Collaborate with community partners to develop plans to increase rewards for prosocial involvement by students in their local communities
    • Element 4: Preventing Behavioral Health Problems, (including Substance Abuse)
        • Decrease the percentage of students using drugs and alcohol
        • Identify partners and community organizations to identify, implement and build evidence based programs that address prevention strategies for behavioral health and substance abuse issues
    • Element 5: Creating Safe and Violence-Free Schools
        • There will be a reduction in the number of students who report having been in a physical fight on school property 
        • Review current and Identify possible evidenced based approach to Bullying Prevention.
        • Establish Plans to increase the promotion and prevention of  behavior problems, and physical violence
        • Secure local law enforcement participation  for increased promotion and prevention of physical violence 
        • Review District procedures and equipment for school safety
        • Review, clarify and modify as needed the existent process for Office Discipline Referrals and consequences
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