School-Based Prevention Services
Most days, are students in our classrooms motivated, ready, and able to learn? Educators understand that mental, emotional, and behavioral problems among young people interfere with their capacity to thrive.
Children’s social and physical environment literally shapes their brains, and consequently also shapes their behaviors and emotions. Researchers have documented evidence for school sector strategies that lower risk factors and support protective factors in order to influence outcomes for young people.
Integrating protective mental health in schools is a proactive process, and we’re here to help.
The Oklahoma Prevention Needs Assessment (OPNA) is a voluntary student survey for students in 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th grades. The survey is administered by ODMHSAS and offered in even-numbered years. There is no cost to the school for participation in the OPNA. The survey is designed to measure psychological distress and health behaviors, including substance use, as well as their underlying causes. Results are used to develop appropriate strategies tailored to the needs of the school, collect school-level data needed for grant program eligibility and reporting, and to monitor program successes.
Making A Plan That Will Work
No cost technical assistance is available for school districts on how to select and implement proven school-based prevention programs and practices. The ODMHSAS can advise schools in designing prevention services that are most likely to deliver positive outcomes using a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) design. Currently, the ODMHSAS has partnerships with several school districts across the state undertaking this comprehensive planning for mental health promotion and prevention/intervention services. Contact us for support.
Proven Prevention Programs For Students
The ODMHSAS has invested in evidence-based programs to prevent priority substance use and mental health problems among Oklahoma young people.
School-Based Suicide Prevention Services - The ODMHSAS offers training and support to Oklahoma schools in a number of evidence-based suicide prevention practices, including training to identify and assist students in distress with appropriate referral, suicide intervention training for those interacting with high risk populations, and postvention training and support to foster healing after a suicide loss and ensure a supportive reintegration for students following a suicide crisis.
2Much2Lose (2M2L) - 2M2L is Oklahoma’s underage drinking prevention initiative. Under this program, the ODMHSAS can support 2M2L Chapters in local schools and community-based programs. 2M2L Chapters are youth-led coalitions that work to prevent underage drinking and other problems in the community. As the ODMHSAS is the Oklahoma coordinator for the organization, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), all 2M2L Chapters also enjoy the benefits of affiliation with SADD National.
PAX Good Behavior Game® - The Good Behavior Game® (GBG) is a classroom approach to teaching positive student behavior at the elementary school level. GBG is designed to decrease classroom disruption and off-task and withdrawn behaviors by increasing child emotional and behavioral self-regulation. GBG has demonstrated positive outcomes related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use; suicide attempts; mental health problems; violence; and academic performance. The ODMHSAS has partnered with Oklahoma State University Center for Family Resilience to provide GBG training and classroom support. If your school or district is interested in implementing PAX GBG, please complete the PAX GBG application to get started. Contact: Brooke Tuttle, Brooke.Tuttle@okstate.edu or (918) 594-8506
ASPIRE (A Smoking Prevention Interactive Experience) - ASPIRE is a free online educational resource developed by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. ASPIRE delivers tobacco prevention education to teens and adolescents at a self-directed pace. The program is evidenced-based and tackles the full range of traditional and emerging products such as e-cigarettes, hookah, JUUL and synthetic marijuana. ASPIRE participants have shown a 53-60% decrease in likelihood to use cigarettes, vaping products and hookah. If your school or district is interested in adding ASPIRE as an alternative to suspension or including it into their comprehensive curriculum, complete the ASPIRE interest survey to get started.
AlcoholEdu for High School® - AlcoholEdu for High School® is an online alcohol prevention course that engages teens using the internet, videos, and project-based learning. AlcoholEdu has demonstrated outcomes including increased student knowledge about alcohol, improved student attitudes and behaviors, and reduced negative consequences associated with underage drinking such as riding in a car with a drinking driver. AlcoholEdu delivers a personalized experience to every student and includes a parental component. Contact: Brandi Gaither, Brandi.Gaither@odmhsas.org or (405) 248-9287
Botvin LifeSkills® Training - Botvin LifeSkills® Training (LST) is an evidence-based substance use and violence prevention program that has been proven to reduce the risk of alcohol, tobacco, drug use, and violence among children and teens. The LST provides skills in drug resistance, personal self-management, healthy alternatives to risky behaviors, and general social interactions. This program can be taught in schools, community agencies, faith-based organizations, and after-school settings. If your school or district is interested in implementing Botvin LifeSkills, please complete the Botvin LST application to get started. Contact: Brandi Gaither, Brandi.Gaither@odmhsas.org or (405) 248-9287
School-Based Prevention Services Grant: Multi-Tiered System of Supports -
School-based prevention services are an array of evidence-based programs, policies, and/or practices planned and implemented within the Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to prevent identified risk factors contributing to substance use and mental health problems. As part of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) strategic plan to prevent mental, emotional, and behavioral (MEB) health problems, the ODMHSAS will partner with selected Oklahoma LEAs to plan and implement evidence-based, school-based prevention services. The ODMHSAS seeks application from LEAs interested in developing a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) and providing direct school-based prevention services. Under this application, school-based prevention services include planning, coordination and delivery of evidence-informed strategies to students, families, staff and educators. The aims of this project are to:
- Develop a districtwide, comprehensive MTSS plan with the ODMHSAS.
- Train school staff and educators how to recognize the risk factors and warning signs of developing MEB health problems and how to respond to MEB health crisis.
- Offer learning-focused opportunities for families on student MEB health.
- Decrease stigmatizing attitudes and behaviors related to MEB health.
- Implement evidence-informed primary prevention strategies with students, with substance use risk factor outcomes.
Developing Skills Among Faculty And Staff
ODMHSAS school-based prevention programs help school faculty and staff learn new skills to prevent problems among young people. As front-line caregivers, educators need support for their own mental wellness and to support one another.
Getting Immediate Help For Young People
Oklahoma Systems of Care
Oklahoma Systems of Care is a state-wide collaborative network involving members of local communities, organizations, agencies, facilities, centers and groups that serve the needs of children, youth, and young adults.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Youth Mobile Crisis: Call the crisis stabilizations line for urgent connection and support: 1-833-885-CARE
Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 to communicate with a trained crisis counselor 24/7
Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK