New Resources


Building Respect: Bulllying Prevention This interactive professional development simulation uses role-play with emotionally responsive virtual students to help teacher, staff, and administrators learn the skills of motivational interviewing, skills they can use to help students open up about and connect with support.  Free to all Montana public school educators, staff, and key partners through the MT OPI's Teacher Learning Hub.

School Safety Professional Development Grant for Montana school districts:  Montana's Legislature passed HB 601 to provide funds to school districts to support school safety professional development. The OPI will administer school safety grant funds, and schools will be able to apply for SFY 2021 school safety grant funds in the spring of 2020.  This site also provides resources to schools on free professional development opportunities available in the area of school safety.  

National School Mental Health Curriculum Learning Opportunity Learn more about a new FREE curriculum for school mental health available in Montana available through the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network.  

PAX Good Behavior Game: Announcing this FABULOUS opportunity for pre-K through 5th grade classrooms across our state! The Addictive and Mental Disorders Division (AMDD) of DPHHS has been awarded 2.1 million dollars to enhance and increase efforts to  mitigate the effects of opiate abuse in Montana. AMDD has chosen to direct these funds to prevention efforts and is offering schools, school districts and community coalitions throughout the State the opportunity to apply for extensive training and support services to implement the PAX Good Behavior Game(GBG) in pre-K to 5 classrooms in both public and private school settings. The PAX GBG is an evidence-based practice that has been widely shown to prevent substance abuse (as well as suicide and other maladaptive behaviors). For further information please contact Pam Ponich-Hunthausen. 

Bully Free Montana

Administrative Rules of Montana require all schools to have policies and procedures addressing bullying behavior in schools, on school buses, at school-sponsored activities, and online. Montana Code Annotated defines law relative to bullying.

This page contains resources for students, parents and schools, including:

  • Model policies and procedures for schools,
  • Montana’s Student Protections and Procedures accreditation rule,
  • What you can do if you are being bullied,
  • How to respond to cyber-bullying,
  • Tips for parents, and
  • Links to state and national resources.

When we work together, we can make Montana bully-free.                   

Bully Free Toolkit Link         Image of the Assessing Prevention Capacity & Implementing Change Document