The Health Enhancement & Safety Division supports schools and communities through programs designed to promote health, increase safety, and improve nutrition in Montana schools. This Division provides resources designed to prevent major health problems and health-risk behaviors among youth and to help Montana students reach their full potential.

  • ALCOHOL AND DRUG PREVENTION: Resources for preventing alcohol and drug abuse, including best practices, curriculum materials, and contact information for local specialists to assist with prevention efforts in your school. 
  • BULLYING PREVENTION: Contained in this Bully-Free Toolkit are resources for schools and parents regarding policies, procedures, and practices to identify and prevent bullying. 
  • HEALTH ENHANCEMENT:  Provides resources, assistance, and curricular materials to Montana teachers of Health and Physical Education. 
  • SCHOOL HEALTH PROFILES: The School Health Profiles are a two-level questionnaire conducted biennially among middle and high school principals and health education teachers. 
  • SEX TRAFFICKING AND SEXUAL ABUSE: Legislation passed by the 2017 Legislature directs the OPI to provides resources that address child sex trafficking and sexual abuse.  Provides key contacts, curriculum and training resources for parents, educators, child-care providers, and community members. 
  • SUICIDE PREVENTION: Training and technical assistance for Montana schools related to youth suicide awareness and prevention. 
  • TITLE IV PART A - STUDENT SUPPORT AND ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT GRANTS: This funding is allocated to Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) to support activities including well-rounded educational opportunities, safe and healthy students, and effective use of technology. 
  • TOBACCO USE PREVENTION: Provides resources for educators and promotes comprehensive tobacco-free policy for school districts. 
  • 21ST CENTURY COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTERS: Provides funds to Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) and community-based organizations through a competitive grant process that supports academic enrichment during non-school hours in a community learning center environment.
  • YOUTH RISK BEHAVIOR SURVEY: The Youth Risk Behavior Survey is a biennial student survey of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality among youth and adults. 
  • SCHOOL NUTRITION PROGRAMS: The School Nutrition Programs unit administers eight U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child Nutrition Programs that reimburse schools and distribute USDA foods for meals served to children, teaches workshops for school personnel, ensures that schools implement federal regulations, and provides nutrition education for students. 
    • Contact: SCHOOL NUTRITION PROGRAMS, (406) 444-2501. Full list of staff contacts for School Nutrition Programs is available online.
  1. National School Lunch Program: Provides children meals that meet USDA nutrition guidelines and supports both academic achievement and health during the school day.
  2. School Breakfast Program: Currently serves 32,255 Montana kids every day and 88% of schools that offer lunch in Montana also offer breakfast.
  3. Afterschool Snack Program: Provides reimbursement for snacks to children who participate in afterschool educational or enrichment programs in an organized, structured, and supervised environment.
  4. Special Milk Program: Provides milk to children in schools and childcare institutions who do not participate in other Federal meal service programs during the day.
  5. Summer Food Service Program: Provides free meals to all kids, age 18 and under, during the summer months at schools, parks, public pools, libraries, housing complexes, and community centers.
  6. USDA Foods Program and DOD Fresh: Provides schools with USDA Foods and Department of Defense (DOD) Fresh Fruits and Vegetables for use in preparing school meals.
  7. Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program: Provides funds to elementary schools for fresh fruit and vegetable snacks during the school day.
  8. Montana Team Nutrition Program: This is the training arm of the school nutrition programs and builds support for healthier school environments. Located at Montana State University within the Department of Health and Human Development, staff work closely with the MSU Food and Health Lab and MSU Extension Nutrition Education Programs.