Resources: Schools

Cross-Sector Collaboration Between Law Enforcement, Courts, Child Welfare, and Schools to Address the Impact of Substance Use Disorders on Children and Families in the United States

Provides information to law enforcement, courts, child welfare agencies, and schools on how they can create cross-sector collaborations to reduce the harmful effects of substance use on children and families. Includes 8 strategies for cross-sector collaboration and provides examples of successful collaboration projects. Considers factors related to addressing substance use in rural communities.

Resource Type: Document / Report
Date: 08/2023
Sponsor: Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
Fentanyl and Opioids: Preventing Overdoses and Related Emergencies at K-12 and Higher Education Campuses

Fact sheet detailing a 6-step planning process to help schools and institutions of higher education develop or update emergency operation plans (EOPs) to address overdose and other potential threats and issues resulting from fentanyl and opioid misuse. Discusses the 5 mission areas of preparedness for opioid-related emergencies and the effects of the opioid crisis on school-aged children, young adults, and school safety. Includes links to additional resources and information to aid in the development of school EOPs, and programs and activities to prepare for and respond to an opioid overdose.

Resource Type: Document / Report
Date: 09/2023
Sponsor: Office of Safe and Supportive Schools (OSSS)
National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI)

Provides technical assistance to improve and support state systems and local programs implementing the Pyramid Model for Supporting Social-Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children (Pyramid Model) to improve the social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes of young children with, and at risk for, developmental disabilities or delays. Works with early childhood programs to reduce the use of inappropriate discipline practices, promote family engagement, use data for decision-making, integrate early childhood and infant mental health consultation, and foster inclusion.

Resource Type: Technical Assistance
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE)

Delivers information, resources, technical assistance, and training to K-12 schools and institutions of higher learning to assess school climate, implement evidence-based programs to improve learning conditions, and measure outcomes in 3 core areas: providing a well-rounded education, improving the safety and health of students, and improving the effective use of technology. Offers multiple products, policy guides, toolkits, research, media, online events and training related to issues of substance and opioid abuse for students, families, schools, and communities.

Resource Type: Technical Assistance
Sponsor: Office of Safe and Supportive Schools (OSSS)
National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

Assists schools and school districts with the implementation of a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework to improve students' social, emotional, and physical well-being, reducing disruptive behavior, and creating a positive learning environment. Uses a multi-tiered framework that reaches all students while allowing for more focused intervention and support for at-risk students and students with disabilities. Includes resources and blueprints for implementing school-wide responses to the opioid crisis and substance use. Offers direct onsite technical assistance to district and state leadership teams as well as indirect assistance through online resources, national and regional conferences, and collaborations with other technical assistance centers and organizations.

Resource Type: Technical Assistance
Sponsors: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE), Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
Opioid Crisis and Substance Misuse

Provides tools, publications, and other resources for schools to provide services, support, and interventions to address opioid and substance misuse for students and their families. Includes information on substance use and related trauma among students. Discusses implementing positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) to improve school climate and reduce substance use.

Resource Type: Website
Sponsors: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE), Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
SAMHSA School and Campus Health Programs

Offers information and resources on challenges faced by children and youth, such as those related to bullying, mental health, substance use, and violence. Highlights several Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) programs for educators and parents, including Project AWARE, Trauma-Informed Services in Schools (TISS), and the campaign "Talk. They Hear You."

Resource Type: Website
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Teens Linked to Care (TLC): Strategies to Prevent Substance Misuse

Details a school-centered pilot project that examined implementing strategies to prevent youth substance use and risky sexual behaviors in high-risk rural communities in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. Highlights efforts to address related issues of HIV, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), teen pregnancy, and high-risk substance use through education, primary prevention, and early detection screening. Program activities included implementing new health curricula, partnering with health departments and community drug-free coalitions, and developing and distributing informational products and video campaigns.

Resource Type: Website
Sponsor: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
TLC: Teens Linked to Care Toolkit

Serves as a planning resource for schools and stakeholders interested in implementing the Teens Linked to Care (TLC) program, an integrated prevention strategy to address both substance use and risky sexual behavior in youth living in rural communities. Outlines the 4 phases of the TLC program, and shares tools and other resources to help schools support sexual health and substance use education and policies.

Resource Type: Document / Report
Date: 03/2023
Sponsor: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Young Children Who Are Exposed Prenatally to Substances and Their Families

Provides information for state and local early intervention systems regarding the prevalence of infants and toddlers prenatally exposed to substances, and resources and supports needed to promote positive outcomes for these infants and their families. Shares links to key research, policy, guidance and state examples, and evidence-based practices for supporting young children exposed prenatally to substances and their families.

Resource Type: Website
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)