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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.

Understanding Needs

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. Contact: Brooke Tuttle, Brooke.Tuttle@okstate.edu or (918) 594-8506

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. Contact: Brandi Gaither, Brandi.Gaither@odmhsas.org or (405) 248-9287

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.

Crisis Helplines

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

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Last Modified on Sep 10, 2021
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