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Successful Safe and Healthy Schools

“It's critical for students to focus all their energy on learning when they're in the classroom. A positive learning environment where students are healthy and feel safe and connected to their school is a key component to ensuring our students succeed."

  Superintendent Denise Juneau


Shape Up MontanaWhat's New


Shape Up Montana!
Shape Up Montana is a fun, interactive three-month team competition from February 1 - May 1 that encourages Montanans to develop healthy physical activity and eating habits.

Heads Up Tool Kit for Youth Sports
The CDC has developed the Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports initiative to offer information about concussions to coaches, parents, and athletes involved in youth sports. The Heads Up initiative provides important information on preventing, recognizing, and responding to a concussion.

Take 25 Campaign Encourages Children's Safety
The Take 25 Campaign encourages parents, educators, and communities to take 25 minutes to talk to children about ways to stay safe, focuses on prevention, and provides FREE tools and resources to help initiate an ongoing dialogue about safety with the children in your community.

Montana Emergency Management Training Calendar

CAPT on the Web- a quick link to the latest prevention resources, articles, and tools on offering cutting edge research, timely publications, and examples of successful prevention efforts from around the country. Check out what's new on the site!

Montana Schools' Guide to Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

Suicide Prevention Newsletter – Fall 2013


Trendy New Drugs on the Streets

The Partnership at Bulletin



Best Practices

National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices - US Dept. of Health Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. A searchable online registry of substance abuse prevention and mental health promotion interventions.

Montana Behavioral Initiative (MBI)/Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
MBI is a proactive approach in creating behavioral supports and a social culture that establishes social, emotional, and academic success for all students.

The Good Behavior Game
Invented by a 4th grade teacher, Muriel Saunders, from Baldwin, KS in 1967, the Good Behavior Game is unique in the scientific literature, in that it can be adopted by an individual teacher, and produce lifetime results in reducing mental illness and substance abuse—while increasing high school graduation and college entry.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
The ASIST workshop is for caregivers who want to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Over one million caregivers have participated in this two-day, highly interactive, practical, practice-oriented workshop.

Project SUCCESS (Schools Using Coordinated Community Efforts to Strengthen Students) is designed to prevent and reduce substance use among students 12 to 18 years of age. The program was originally developed for students attending alternative high schools who are at high risk for substance use and abuse due to poor academic performance, truancy, discipline problems, negative attitudes toward school, and parental substance abuse.

OLWEUS Bullying Prevention Program
Designed for students in elementary, middle, and junior high schools (students ages five to fifteen years old). Research has shown that OBPP is also effective in high schools, with some program adaptation. All students participate in most aspects of the program, while students identified as bullying others, or as targets of bullying, receive additional individualized interventions.

An interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline. The program is designed for children ages 5-17, parents and guardians, educators, and law enforcement. With resources such as videos, games, activity cards, and presentations, NetSmartz entertains while it educates.

Mental Health

Montana Suicide Prevention Information and Resources
This website provides up-to-date national and Montana suicide data and prevention research concerning high-risk populations within our state along with evidenced-based resources and toolkits that can be downloaded.

FREE After a Suicide Toolkit for Schools
FREE Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools
FREE Signs of Suicide (SOS) Program
-a $395 value!

Parents as PartnersFREE Parents As Partners Booklet - If you would like copies of this best practice, please contact: Karl Rosston, LCSW, Montana Suicide Prevention Coordinator 406-444-3349

SAVE: Suicide Awareness Voices of Education

Children's Safety Network Suicide Prevention Resource Guide 2012

TeenScreen National Center for Mental Health Checkups



Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
Workshop for caregivers who want to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide

Lifeline Online Postvention Manual



Montana Data and Reports

Montana Office of Public Instruction

  • Montana Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)
    The YRBS is a bi-annual survey which assists educators and health professionals in determining the prevalence of health-risk behaviors as self-reported by Montana youth. 
  • Montana School Health Profiles
    The School Health Profiles is a biennial survey conducted by state and local education and health agencies at the middle/junior high school and senior high school levels.  The survey helps monitor a variety of policies related to school health education.
  • Youth Substance Abuse and Violence Assessment Report October 2011
    This report examines key findings relative to school environment and student behavior regarding substance abuse, bullying and safety.

Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services

Monitoring the Future
2011 data tables and figures on drug trends, tobacco trends and cigarette brand preferences of American teens, are now available, based on surveys taken by a nationwide sample of high school seniors, 8th and 10th grade students.

Professional Development and Training

Montana Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD)
Montana CSPD is a unified personnel development system that ensures quality educational programs and services for all children and youth.

Safe and Supportive Schools Training Products and Tools
The Safe and Supportive Schools Technical Assistance Center (SSSTA) develops a variety of culturally and linguistically competent products and tools to assist interested stakeholders in addressing these issues and to ensure that schools are safe and supportive environments for all students.

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) National Coalition Institute.
As a vehicle for coalition training, technical assistance, evaluation, research and capacity building, CADCA's National Coalition Institute works continually to help America's community anti-drug coalitions get smarter faster. CADCA administers the Institute with a grant through the Drug-Free Communities Support Act.

Montana Safe Schools Training Center
MSSC is a non-profit organization entirely funded through grants and consultation fees with P/K-12 schools, university collaborations and community agency partnerships. Our fees are negotiable based on the needs and resources of the school as well as appropriate travel costs. In the majority of cases, we are able to partner with schools through existing grants or in future grant seeking.

Distance Learning Course: Party Prevention & Controlled Party Dispersal
The Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center presents no-cost distance learning courses that present best practices and strategies for enforcement of underage drinking laws and efforts to reduce underage drinking. Their latest addition is a six-hour training on "Party Prevention & Controlled Party Dispersal," which discusses the role of enforcement and community agencies in preventing underage drinking parties and safely dispersing them when they do occur.

School Climate

Montana Behavioral Initiative (MBI)/Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
MBI is a proactive approach in creating behavioral supports and a social culture that establishes social, emotional, and academic success for all students.

Montana Safe Schools Center
Provide training, research and professional development services to schools and communities across Montana and throughout the U.S.

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Guide to Safe Schools
Early Warning, Timely Response: A Guide to Safe Schools offers research-based practices designed to assist school communities identify these warning signs early and develop prevention, intervention and crisis response plans.

Peaceful Playgrounds
Offers resources to create and implement a positive school playground environment to prevent physical violence.

School Safety/Emergency Management

U.S. Department of Education Office of Safe and Healthy Students Center for School Preparedness
Provides support, resources, grants and training to support emergency management efforts for local educational agencies and institutions of higher education.

Creating and Updating School Emergency Plans
Provides free tools and education programs to help schools plan how to prepare in an emergency event.

Early Warning, Timely Response: A Guide to Safe Schools.
This guide offers research-based practices designed to assist school communities to identify warning signs early on and develop prevention, intervention and crisis response plans.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – Disaster Response Template Toolkit Includes Customizable Resources –Behavioral Health Information Series contains themed installments of resources and toolkits in disaster behavioral health.  Each installment focuses on a specific population, disaster type, or other topic pertinent to disaster behavioral health preparedness, response, and recovery.  To download and learn more about DBHIS resources visit DBHIS resources.

Ready Montana is an initiative of the Governor’s Office of Community Service that seeks to increase the preparedness of Montana families, neighborhoods, and communities for disasters and emergencies of all types.  Resources for the classroom are available. Discover how you can help to prepare your students, family, and community by visiting

Trainings Available in Montana
The Montana Safe Schools Center provides training, research and professional development services to schools and communities across Montana and throughout the U.S. This is provided from the campus of the University of Montana.

FREE: OPI's Health Enhancement and Safety Division and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Disaster and Emergency Services have partnered to offer the Crisis Management for School-Based Incidents; Partnering Law Enforcement and Local School Systems course for school administrators, their staff and emergency responders.  Licensed staff who participate receive seven OPI renewal credits. For more information, please contact Marschal Rothe, or 406.324.4776. To view course plan, click here.

FREE: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Training Courses for Schools

IS-362.a Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools

IS-366 Planning for the Needs of Children in Disasters

IS-106.14 - Workplace Violence Awareness Training 2013

IS-36: Multihazard Planning for Childcare

Substance Abuse Prevention

Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services

Montana Prevention Resource Center
A comprehensive website providing information on local, state and federal prevention agencies; prevention websites, children's advocacy organizations, organizations focused on special education, professional organizations pertaining to children, organizations focused on suicide prevention, and more.

ParentPower MT Parent Power: The Power to Prevent Underage Alcohol Use
This site provides parents with information and tools to help them have open and ongoing conversations with their preteen and teen children about the dangers of underage alcohol use. The site also includes information about "risk factors" that increase children's risk of using alcohol.

Above The Influence (Office of National Drug Control Policy – ONDCP)
It's a state of mind. It's about being yourself and not letting negative influence get to you. Pressure to drink, do drugs or do anything that goes against who you are in order to fit in—that's negative influence. And if you're one of the teens who want to stay above it, you've come to the right spot.

ATI Activities ToolkitATI
The toolkit provides step-by-step directions for conducting each of the ATI activities, includes discussion guides, and other useful materials.

Montana Department of Justice – Prescription Drug Abuse – Invisible Epidemic
Montana's deadliest drugs aren't made in secret labs and they don't always come from dealers on the corner. They're in our own medicine cabinets. Each year, prescription drug abuse contributes to the deaths of more than 300 Montanans – making prescription drug abuse 15 times more deadly than meth, heroin and cocaine combined.

The Drug Guide
The Drug Guide is a comprehensive and up-to-date source of drug information, including drug descriptions, slang terms, short term- and long term- effects, images, federal classifications and more.

The Partnership at Drugfree
The website provides everything a parent might need to know concerning teens and drugs. It includes information on the drugs themselves, on signs and symptoms of drug use, it provides parenting advice, and a host of resources for parents of teens

The Medicine Abuse ProjectIncludes FREE Educator Resources including brochures, posters, a curriculum and more.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
SAMHSA is a federal agency whose mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on American's communities. SAMHSA administers a combination of competitive, formula and block grant programs and data collection activities. The website provides comprehensive information on prevention of substance abuse and mental illness, trauma, health reform, recovery support in relation to behavioral illness, and more.

Violence Prevention

Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services
Child & Family Services Division  

The division provides state and federally mandated protective services to children who are abused, neglected, or abandoned.

Montana Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence
MCADSV represents over 50 programs across Montana that provide direct services to victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence and their children.

Safe Start Center Toolkit for Schools
Safe Start Center's Toolkit for Schools is a collection of resources for school administrators and teachers to learn more about the prevalence and negative consequences of children's exposure to violence and how they can help.

National Crime Prevention Council
Features tools that communities can use to learn crime prevention strategies, engage community members, and coordinate with local agencies.

A Dozen Things YOU Can Do to Stop School Violence...

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National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention 
Provides resources to school districts that foster resilience, promote mental health, and prevent youth violence and mental and behavioral disorders.

Break the Cycle
Break the Cycle engages, educates and empowers young people to build lives and communities free from domestic and dating violence.