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Behavioral Health Support Staff

Behavioral Heath support staff are going to see a huge upswing in referrals as students return to school this year. Students are returning to school with a lack of socialization, isolation, loss of instructional time and anxiety. All of these issues mean that your role is vitally important and knowing the resources available, will assist you in meeting these new challenges. Here you will find resources regarding students mental health, returning to school, social emotional learning, anti-bullying/violence prevention, and suicide prevention. Resources are also available for vulnerable populations in addition to anonymous reporting and crisis support.

Student Mental Health

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). “Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. Working together, we can help create neighborhoods, communities, and a world in which every child can thrive.” https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/aces/index.html

COPES
This program aims to increase personal and family strengthening skills among offenders, restored citizens and affected youth to support a successful transition back to family and community.
https://copes.org/ohio-clfc-rollout/

Trauma Informed
A trauma-informed school is one in which all students and staff feel safe, welcomed and supported and where the impact of trauma on teaching and learning is addressed at the center of the educational mission.
http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Student-Supports/PBIS-Resources/Trauma-Informed-Schools 

LGBTQ Resource
Most climate surveys place the LGBTQ youth population into the vulnerable populations category. As such, they remain an emotional safety concern for our school personnel. These resources can assist you in finding the support they may need: https://www.glsen.org/, the Ohio Snapshot from 2019 by GLSEN, and the GLSEN Safe Space kit

Ohio Handle With Care Program
Collaborative program to ensure children who are exposed to adverse events receive appropriate interventions at school.
Handle With Care: Ohio | Home (handlewithcareoh.org)

Crisis Text Line
The Crisis Text Line is a free, confidential service available 24/7 via text on mobile devices. Text the keyword “4hope” to 741 741 to be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor within 5 minutes.
https://mha.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/mha/get-help/get-help-now/crisis-text-line

Signs of Suicide Program
SOS Signs of Suicide (SOS) is a universal, school-based prevention program designed for middle school (ages 11-13) and high school (ages 13-17) students.
https://www.nationwidechildrens.org/Document/Get/161657

Safer Ohio School Tip Line
The Safer Ohio School Tip Line is a free safety resource available to all Ohio schools. The tip line is an anonymous reporting system that accepts both calls and texts 24 hours a day. This tip line allows students and adults to anonymously share information with school officials and law enforcement about threats to student safety—whether that involves a threatened mass incident or harm to a single student. Encourage your Administrator’s to register!
Safer Ohio School Tip Line | Ohio School Safety Center

Safety and Violence Prevention Training
Training to public elementary, middle and high school professionals to detect student behavioral health needs. Every five years, participants must take at least four hours training in the prevention of child abuse, violence, suicide ideation, bullying, teen dating violence, human trafficking and substance abuse and the promotion of positive youth development. School districts and educational service centers may adopt or adapt the curriculum developed by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) for this purpose, or they may develop their own program in consultation with public or private agencies or persons involved in child abuse prevention or intervention.
Required Safety and Violence Prevention Training | Ohio School Safety Center

On Our Sleeves’ Campaign
Back-to-School looks different this year. On Our Sleeves' behavioral health experts have created FREE resources to help you start this school year with confidence, no matter what model your return-to-school looks like. 
https://www.onoursleeves.org/mental-health-resources/articles-support/school
https://www.onoursleeves.org/mental-wellness-tools-guides/one-million-classrooms

FEMA: Ready.gov: Helping Children Cope
Disasters can leave children and teens feeling frightened, confused and insecure. Their responses can be quite varied. It's important to not only recognize these reactions, but also help children cope with their emotions.
https://www.ready.gov/helping-children-cope

Student Voice – Bullying Prevention Resources
Asian students are currently experiencing unprecedented levels of bullying, aggression and xenophobia due to the pandemic.  It is important that these students feel safe and supported in their schools.
#StopAsianHate: Resources for Teaching & Learning | Student Voice (stuvoice.org)

With You Here Program
Aims to reduce stigma and prevent suicides in African American young men.
https://www.withyouhere.org/

Mandatory Reporting
Educators and mental health professionals are mandated reporters. Below is a link to review what you should be looking for and reporting as we head back to school.
Preventing Abuse and Neglect | Ohio Department of Education

Social Emotional Learning

Be Present Ohio Campaign
Peer to Peer campaign that empowers young people to take care of their mental health so they can be there for their friends and loved ones. Increase MH literacy and understanding of depression, anxiety and suicide warning signs. 
https://bepresentohio.org/

Social Emotional Learning Guides
Social-emotional learning includes competencies like self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, collaboration, empathy, relationship skills and responsible decision-making. The elements of social-emotional learning give children the tools to become resilient and persistent in life.
http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Learning-in-Ohio/Social-and-Emotional-Learning

School Based Health Care Support Toolkit
School-based health initiatives help ensure students are in school, healthy and ready to learn through a school or district's partnerships with health care providers and other community organizations. In alignment with Each Child, Our Future, Ohio is supporting schools and districts as they begin new — or augment existing — school-based physical and mental health partnerships to meet the needs of the whole child. 
School-Based Health Care Support Toolkit | Ohio Department of Education

Addressing the Whole Child

Ohio’s Whole Child Framework
Ohio’s strategic plan for education, Each Child, Our Future, puts the whole child at the center, where each component of the plan works harmoniously to support a whole-child approach. Likewise, Ohio’s Whole Child Framework also places the whole child at the center, with district, school, family and community supporting the needs of the whole child using a comprehensive approach. A whole child approach broadens district and school focus beyond academics to include meeting students social-emotional, physical and safety needs. The Whole Child Framework provides a blueprint to meet these whole child needs, which are foundational to a child’s intellectual and social development and necessary for students to fully engage in learning and school.
Ohio's Whole Child Framework | Ohio Department of Education

United Way’s 211
Connecting you to essential community services. Available in many Ohio communities. Every call is completely confidential. https://www.211.org/

Anti-Bullying and Harassment

Anti-Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Guidance and Resources
All Ohio public schools work to create safe and supportive learning environments for their students and staff. As part of these efforts, state law says districts must have policies prohibiting harassment, intimidation and bullying
Anti-Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Resources | Ohio Department of Education

Suicide Prevention

Telehealth in Schools
The blue print outlines the operations of creating a telehealth system in a district and schools that do not have connectivity.
Telehealth in Schools Blueprint | InnovateOhio

HB 123 Requirements – Evidence Based Trainings
ODE, in consultation with DPS and Ohio MHAS, is required to maintain a list of approved, evidence-based training programs for instructing staff and students on suicide awareness and prevention and violence prevention. At least one program must be free to schools.
Suicide Prevention | Ohio School Safety Center https://suicideprevention.ohio.gov/

Training

Threat Assessment Training
The Ohio Attorney General's Office produced a free, virtual, publicly-accessible training for schools and law enforcement on creating a threat assessment team.
Ohio School Threat Assessment Training - Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost

Annual School Safety Summit
The OSSC is tasked with hosting an annual school safety summit for K-12 schools and higher education. The goal is to share a comprehensive approach to student safety with various tracks for school safety teams.
School Safety Summit Announcement | Ohio School Safety Center

Sources of Strength Program
Best Practice curriculum teaching mental literacy.
https://www.sourcesofstrengthohio.org/

Cyber Security

DHS Back to School Campaign
Phishing attacks use email or malicious websites to infect machines with malware and viruses to collect personal and financial information. Cybercriminals use these attacks to entice users to click on a link or open an attachment that can then infect their computers, creating vulnerability to attacks.” The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Phishing Tip Sheet has additional information on combating phishing. 

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) “encourages everyone - students, parents, teachers, administrators and chief information security officers of school districts to review our recently released StopRansomware.gov – a new website designed to help individuals and organizations prevent attacks that can severely impact business processes and leave organizations without the data they need to operate and deliver mission-critical services. 

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is kicking off its 2021 Back to School campaign to help students, parents, teachers, and administrators remain safe from cybersecurity threats as they return to school. The campaign will run from August 9 until August 30. Check our social media accounts, @CISAgov and @Cyber, during the campaign for more cybersecurity tips.