The budget provides $1 million in each fiscal year (Fiscal Year 2020 and Fiscal Year 2021) for the Ohio Department of Education to invest in professional development grants to educational service centers to train educators and related service personnel on the model and tenets of prevention of risky behaviors, including substance abuse, suicide, bullying and other harmful behaviors. This work complements Ohio’s strategic plan for education, Each Child, Our Future, which emphasizes the importance of meeting the needs of the whole child (physical, social, emotional and intellectual) to ensure each student is challenged, prepared and empowered for his or her future.
K-12 Prevention Education Initiative for Schools
Through this critical investment of $18 million, Ohio will assist communities in providing effective prevention services for every child, in every grade, in every school. To realize success for every student, a community partnership planning process is ramping up in every county to support the expansion of prevention efforts in local schools. We urge schools to join this partnership and become part of the planning meetings where we will work together as a community to assess the prevention needs of our school-age youth and determine the most effective plans to keep children safe and healthy. This partnership is intended to empower local communities in their efforts to help children build resiliency to better cope with life stresses and reduce the likelihood of developing substance use disorders, mental illness or other related illnesses. Some prevention strategies are designed to teach and encourage healthy decision-making skills, while others focus on creating environments that promote and support healthy behavior.
Schools fill a critical role in identifying young people in need of support services and connecting them with treatment and other caring programming. We know that intervening early is critical, as half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14, and the earlier a child starts using alcohol and other drugs, the higher the likelihood of developing an addiction. In alignment with the Department’s requirement that every school adopt a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework, the planning and implementation processes of this K-12 Prevention Initiative will add to districts’ existing array of PBIS services to benefit children and families and create the most supportive learning environments possible.
How Can Schools Engage?
A multi-step process has been designed by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Department under the umbrella of the RecoveryOhio Advisory Council. Steps include:
The superintendent of a school district consults with the county Alcohol Drug and Mental Health (ADAMH) board director and agrees to participate in the K-12 Prevention Initiative.
Each district completes an online self-assessment tool and answers the action plan questions. Soon, we will post a link where you can learn more about this self-assessment tool and process and the Departments will co-host a webinar in January for schools to learn more.
A school or district representative participates in the K-12 Prevention Initiative planning partnership.
Funds are distributed according to the agreed-upon plan for the county or ADAMH board area. This may include funding for prevention services staffing; use of pooled funds for shared workforce development that benefits districts and schools in an area; and bulk purchasing of prevention evidence-based programs, curricula or other resources that may be a part of a county’s action plan.
We are excited about the strong linkages being forged and strengthened within public education, the behavioral healthcare system, community-based social services, and others, like faith-based organizations and the business community — all in support of Ohio's youth. We strongly urge all school districts to join in this process and funding opportunity.
Prevention Education Professional Development Grant
The budget provides $1 million in each fiscal year (Fiscal Year 2020 and Fiscal Year 2021) for the Ohio Department of Education to invest in professional development grants to educational service centers to train educators and related service personnel on the model and tenets of prevention of risky behaviors, including substance abuse, suicide, bullying and other harmful behaviors.
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