The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS), Bureau for Children and Families has been awarded nearly $9 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) to implement the Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SSHS) initiative from 2014-2017. The goal is to engage youth, families, schools and community stakeholders in building the local and statewide capacity to mitigate behavioral health problems in youth from preschool through 12th grade.
During the four-year grant, OhioMHAS will work with the Ohio Department of Education and three of Ohio's local education agencies:
State and Community Management teams will learn to develop and implement integrated, comprehensive, data-driven strategic plans to prevent, delay the onset or mitigate the seriousness of behavioral health problems locally and across the state.
Through this opportunity Ohio intends to strengthen partnerships at the state and local levels, enhance system capacity and provide documented effective community-based models and mentors for communities wishing to adopt plans to prevent youth risk behaviors and provide effective behavioral health services.
The SSHS initiative will draw upon partners in behavioral health, educational, criminal/juvenile justice, health and job and family service systems to ensure safe and supportive schools and communities in Ohio based on the five elements of the SSHS grant listed at right.
Ohio's Safe Schools/Health Students grant communities promote healthy social/emotional development to build safe and health family, school and community environments by:
Bureau of Children and Families, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Center for P-20 Safety and Security, Ohio Department of Education
Mental Health Promotion & Youth Violence Prevention
Ohio's Healthy Schools and Communities Resource Team
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (School Climate)
Cultural and Linguistic Competence