Colorado School Safety Resource Center Created Recovery Materials
- Provides assistance in helping to find services to help people in need of support following a crisis or emergency
NEW Colorado Crisis and Support Line
- Colorado opened its first statewide mental health hotline in the summer of 2014, the Colorado Crisis and Support Line. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and provides crisis counseling and resource referral from trained professionals and peer specialists for Coloradans experiencing a mental health crisis or with a loved one in crisis. The toll-free number is 844-493-TALK (8255).
Colorado Flood Resources
- The Colorado Department of Education compiled information to help school districts and families who have been impacted by the flooding across the state. These resources are intended to help with educational issues associated with natural disasters and to provide information on emergency community assistance.
- Information and helpful tips on mental health, cleaning up and hygiene, water safety, and worker safety following a flood.
- Apply for federal resources to help recover and rebuild.
- Quick and timely information updated twice daily about Colorado flood information.
- Resources for helping schools prevent, prepare, respond to, and recover from flood damage.
Mental Health & Recovery Resources
- The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations ever conducted to assess associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being. The study is a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kaiser Permanente's Health Appraisal Clinic in San Diego.
- Produced by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) 2011
- A free resource to help schools cope in the aftermath of a suicide. Developed in consultation with national experts, this toolkit is a highly-practical resource for schools facing real-time crises, and is applicable for diverse populations and communities. It includes general guidelines for action, do’s and don’ts, templates and sample materials, and covers topics such as Crisis Response, Working with the Community, Memorialization, Social Media, Suicide Contagion and Bringing in Outside Help.
- To learn more about other AFSP programs and resources for schools, go to www.afsp.org/schools.
- The Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) program is a school-based, group and individual intervention. It is designed to reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and behavioral problems, and to improve functioning, grades and attendance, peer and parent support, and coping skills.
- CBITS was developed by a team of clinician-researchers from the RAND Corporation, the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).
- Resources for school crises
- Crisis Resources, including tips for talking to students, staff, and families about a crisis; sample communications; helpful reports; and links to outside organizations.
CCASA promotes safety, justice, and healing for survivors while working toward the elimination of sexual violence. Provides research, resources, and training to enable Colorado communities to believe and support survivors, hold perpetrators accountable, and take action to end sexual violence.
Youth and Adolescents resources
Teen Toolkit: Resources Regarding Consent, Confidentiality, Access, and Service Provision for Victims of Sexual Violence Who are Minors
This Toolkit, published in 2013, is designed to help Colorado victim advocates, case managers, guidance counselors, educators, medical providers and youth-serving professionals determine the most effective responses for working with survivors of sexual assault/abuse who are teenagers. In some situations, it may be appropriate to share this Toolkit with teens. This Toolkit is not a substitute for legal advice, but rather should be used to provide guidelines while informing agency policies around advocacy, counseling, and medical services for minors as it relates to sexual violence or sexual abuse.
Because of the startling prevalence of sexual assault and abuse within the teenage demographic, it is imperative that all youth-serving professionals are able to recognize, respond compassionately, and refer these cases to the appropriate services.
The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS) was established in 1987 to address United States Department of Defense concerns around the psychological impact and health consequences resulting from the impact of traumatic events, to include weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, and natural disasters.
Contains research and resources related to all kinds of traumatic stress
Teachers Helping Students: Listening and Talking factsheet
- Final recommendations from the U.S. Attorney General's Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence, December 2012.
- The report emphasizes prevention and intervention and underscores the importance of trauma-informed care and victim-tailored services. The task force calls on the federal government, states, tribes, and communities to ensure that all children exposed to violence are identified, screened, and assessed; and to create multidisciplinary councils to facilitate systemwide collaboration.
- Call 1-800-985-5990 or text "TalkWithUs" to 66746. Text "Hablanos" to 66746 for Spanish.
- TTY 1-800-846-8517
- The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, can provide immediate counseling to anyone who needs help in dealing with the many issues and problems that might arise from a tragedy.
- Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Helpline immediately connects callers to trained and caring professionals from the closest crisis counseling center in the nationwide network of centers. Helpline staff will provide confidential counseling, referrals, and other needed support services.
- The Disaster Distress Helpline is a 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week national hotline dedicated to providing disaster crisis counseling. The toll-free Helpline is confidential and multilingual, and available for those who are experiencing psychological distress as a result of natural or man-made disasters, incidents of mass violence, or any other tragedy affecting America's communities.
- Developed by Dr. Bruce D. Perry and the ChildTrauma Academy in 2003.
- This introductory booklet is written for an interdisciplinary audience. Caregivers, childcare providers, teachers, law enforcement, child protection workers, social workers, judges, nurses, pediatricians and mental health service providers all are will work with traumatized or maltreated children. The more we can understand these children and the impact of traumatic experiences, the more compassionate and wise we can be in our interactions and in our problem solving.
The American Academy of Pediatrics, supported by a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) at the U.S. Department of Justice, has launched a new Web site that provides pediatricians the resources they need to modify the operations of their practice to identify, treat, and refer children who have been victims of or witnesses to violence.
- Mental Health First Aid Colorado is a statewide, public education program committed to empowering individuals to identify, understand and respond to those in mental health and substance abuse crises.
- Mental Health First Aid training is for everybody, especially people who have a lot of contact with the general public — they are the most likely to encounter people who are suffering from emotional health problems. It's particularly helpful to police officers, primary care workers, teachers, faith communities, community leaders, human resource professionals, friends and family of people with mental illness or addiction.
- Mental Health First Aid Colorado teaches caring Colorado citizens how to recognize symptoms of mental health problems, how to offer and provide initial help, and how to guide a person toward appropriate treatments and other supportive help.
- Find a Class
- Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)
- The Mental Health First Aid USA Youth Curriculum is a public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and most importantly – teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.
- NEW Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) Resource Guide
- Mental Health First Aid Colorado has complied a resource guide surrounding the intersection of mental health and schools/youth development organizations.
- Launched in 2014
- Created to promote an appreciation of the role schools can serve to support students, staff and families at times of crisis and loss and to link efforts to provide trauma-related and bereavement support services within school settings.
- Serves as a resource for information, training materials, consultation and technical assistance for school systems, professional training programs, professional organizations, governmental and non-governmental agencies, communities, children's groups and projects in the areas of crisis and loss
- Guidelines for Responding to the Death of a Student or School Staff Member
- Psychological First Aid for Schools
- Resources for School Personnel
- Secondary Traumatic Stress resources
- Secondary Traumatic Stress: A Fact Sheet for Child-Serving Professionals
- NEW Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR)
- Launched in July 2014, SPR is an evidence-informed modular intervention that aims to help survivors gain skills to manage distress and cope with post-disaster stress and adversity. SPR is appropriate to use in the Recovery Phase by mental health professionals and other disaster recovery workers. It can be delivered in a variety of settings (e.g., schools, clinics, hospitals, assisted living facilities, houses of worship, community centers, libraries, and homes).
- SPR is intended to help survivors identify their most pressing current concerns and teach them the skills so they can better address those needs. The skills used in SPR include enhancing problem-solving abilities, increasing positive activities, managing distressing reactions, promoting helpful thinking, and building healthy social connections.
- Talking to Children about the Shooting
- Terrorism and Catastrophic Mass Violence Resources
- Understanding the Links Between Adolescent Trauma and Substance Abuse: A Toolkit for Providers (2008)
- Wildfire Trauma Information
- Working with Unaccompanied and Immigrant Minors
- Tip sheets for parents after disasters
- Tip sheets created in response to recent tragedy in Colorado
Optum Health en Español
- This Listen, Protect, Connect is a 16 page booklet that helps frame an approach to helping parents and children in times of disaster or emergencies. Produced in partnership with www.ready.gov and The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the University of California Los Angeles, School of Public Health and Disasters and Health and Media Research Group.
- This Listen, Protect, Connect - Model & Teach is a 16 page booklet that helps frame an approach to helping students in times of disaster, school crisis, or emergencies. Produced in partnership with www.ready.gov and The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Cincinnati Children's Hospital and The National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement.
- The Safe Start Initiative is funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The goal of the Safe Start Initiative is to broaden the knowledge of and promote community investment in evidence-based strategies for reducing the impact of children's exposure to violence.
- Impact of Exposure to Violence on Stages of Development (Birth to Adolescence)
- Moving From Evidence to Action: Safe Start Center Series on Children Exposed to Violence
- Toolkit for Schools -- As the National Survey for Children Exposed to Violence has shown, children's exposure to home and community violence is prevalent in the U.S. Exposure to traumatic events is often unexpected and can leave educators with many uncertainties about what to do next. Faced with students struggling to cope and a community struggling to respond, schools need reliable information, practical tools, and pragmatic guidance. 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.
- Part of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
- Toolkit Contents
- Toolkit for Children Exposed to Domestic Violence
- SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.
- Behavioral Health Treatment Facility Locator
- Behavioral Health Disaster Response App, released February 2014
- Apple App Store
- Android Google Play Store
- Blackberry Appworld
- It’s easier than ever to provide support in the aftermath of disasters, and focus on what really matters—the people in need. SAMHSA Behavioral Health Disaster Response App is designed for behavioral health professionals and provides access to evidenced-based mental health and substance use information, tools, and resources for use in the field.
- Coping with Disasters and Traumatic Events
- Disaster Response Behavioral Health Resources
- Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC)
- The Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC) supports SAMHSA's efforts to prepare states, territories, tribes, and local entities to deliver an effective mental health and substance abuse (behavioral health) response to disasters. DTAC support includes technical assistance, training, consultation, disaster behavioral health resources, information exchange, and knowledge brokering.
- Helping Children and Youth Who Have Experienced Traumatic Events
- Psychosocial Issues for Children and Adolescents in Disasters, 2nd Edition, 2005
- Self-Care for Disaster Behavioral Health Responders, podcast recorded July 2013
- NEW TIP 57 - Trauma-Informed Care in Behavioral Health Services, published 2014
- Tips for College Students: After a Disaster or Other Trauma, September 2013
- NEW Tips for Disaster Responders: Returning to Work, September 2014
- Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Other Traumatic Event: Managing Stress, January 2007
- Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Other Traumatic Event: What to Expect in Your Personal, Family, Work, and Financial Life, January 2005
- Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event | en Español
- Understanding Compassion Fatigue and Compassion Satisfaction: Tips for Disaster Responders, podcast recorded September 2013
- A resource created in 2013 by the U.S. Office for Victims of Crime.
- Contains videos discussing how violence and trauma affect children, treatments that work, the Child Advocacy Center, and community-based approaches.
U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Dear Colleague Letter, July 11, 2013
- This is a comprehensive guidance letter to child welfare professionals and providers serving children and families who have experienced severe trauma. This guidance—based on emerging research and the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study—encourages the integrated use of trauma-focused screening, functional assessments, and evidence-based best practices to improve children’s well-being.
Other Recovery Resources
- The Emergency Management Institute was created to support the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA’s goals by improving the competencies of the U.S. officials in Emergency Management at all levels of government to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the potential effects of all types of disasters and emergencies on the American people.
- Contains access to several online and distance learning courses.
- IS-2900: National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF) Overview
- This course provides individuals supporting disaster recovery efforts with a foundation in National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF) key concepts, core principles and roles and responsibilities of NDRF leadership (including those of individuals and households to governmental entities at the local, State, tribal, and Federal levels, and between public, private and nonprofit sectors).
- Holistic Disaster Recovery: Creating a More Sustainable Future
The National Commission on Children and Disasters was authorized under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008, signed into law by President Bush on December 26, 2007 (P.L. 110-161).
The purpose of the Commission is to: (1) conduct a comprehensive study that examines and assesses children’s needs as they relate to preparation for, response to, and recovery from all hazards, including major disasters and emergencies; (2) identify, review, and evaluate existing laws, regulations, policies, and programs relevant to such needs; (3) identify, review, and evaluate the lessons learned from past disasters relative to addressing such needs; and (4) report to the President and Congress on its findings and recommendations to address such needs, including regarding the need for a national resource center on children and disasters, coordination of resources and services, administrative actions, policies, regulations, and legislative changes.
As the non-profit health and safety arm of the National Education Association (NEA), the NEA Health Information Network (NEA HIN) provides health and safety information, programs, and services for the benefit of the more than 3 million members of the NEA and their 43 million students. NEA HIN's mission is to improve the health and safety of the school community through disseminating information that empowers school professionals and positively impacts the lives of their students.
School Crisis Guide: Help and Healing in a Time of Crisis easy-to-use crisis guide with essential, to-the-point advice for schools and districts.
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