Text Size
Increase text size
Increase text size



Colorado School Safety Resource Center Created Recovery Materials


Colorado 211 Service

  • 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

Colorado Flood Resources from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE)
  • 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.
Colorado Recovery
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Flood Recovery 
  • Information and helpful tips on mental health, cleaning up and hygiene, water safety, and worker safety following a flood.
Disaster Assistance.gov
  • Apply for federal resources to help recover and rebuild.
Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Statewide Flood Facts
  • Quick and timely information updated twice daily about Colorado flood information.
Flood Resources from the American Clearinghouse on Educational Facilities (ACEF)
  • Resources for helping schools prevent, prepare, respond to, and recover from flood damage.

Mental Health & Recovery Resources

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study
  • 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.
After a Suicide Loss: A Toolkit for Schools
  • 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.
American Psychological Association
Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS)
  • 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
Colorado Association of School Executives 
  • Crisis Resources, including tips for talking to students, staff, and families about a crisis; sample communications; helpful reports; and links to outside organizations.
Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA)
  • 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.

Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress
  • 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 

Defending Childhood: Protect, Heal, Thrive 
  • 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.
Disaster Distress Helpline
  • 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. 
Effects of Traumatic Events on Children  
  • 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.
Helping Children Cope After a Disaster
Medical Home for Children and Adolescents Exposed to Violence
  • 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
  • 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
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Crisis Resources 
National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement 
  • 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
National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) | en Español
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)
Optum Health en Español
Parents Helping Youth Cope with Disaster 
Psychological First Aid for Children & Parents  
  • 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.
Psychological First Aid for Students & Teachers 
  • 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.
Safe Start Center  
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • 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.
Through Our Eyes: Children, Violence, and Trauma
  •  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

Emergency Management Institute
  • 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
National Commission on Children and Disasters
  • 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.

National Education Association Health Information Network 
  • 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.











Web Link Disclaimer: The Colorado School Safety Resource Center (CSSRC) provides links from this site to external websites because of their potential interest or usefulness to the safe and positive school environment, an education community or the general public. It attempts to monitor such sites on a regular basis. However, the CSSRC cannot be responsible for the content of any site external to its own. Further, by linking to other sites, the CSSRC is not endorsing any particular product, practice, service, provider or institution, nor does it necessarily endorse views expressed or facts presented on these sites. In addition, neither the CSSRC nor any of its employees, makes any warranty, expressed or implied, or assumes any legal liability for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information linked to from this site.