School Safety Resource Center Publishes 2019 Legislative Report

(Jan. 28, 2019) - The Colorado School Safety Resource Center (CSSRC) has published their 2019 Legislative Report. 

The report summarizes the Center’s key accomplishments and activities in 2019, including outreach efforts, training delivered, resources curated, and participation in work groups and collaborations.

Read the full report here

Some of the highlights include:

  • In 2019, the CSSRC provided:

    • 161 training sessions or workshops on a variety of school safety topics, attended by 6,936 participants.

    • 12 regional trainings across the state on critical topics including threat assessment, suicide prevention, child sexual abuse prevention, substance abuse prevention, and more. 

    • On-site services at 103 schools or agencies across the state.

    • 722 consultations to individual schools/districts, agencies, or parents.

    • 21,084 hard copies of 210 school safety-related resources.

    • Two new online training courses for school personnel, bringing to 17 the number of online courses hosted by the center. About 3,580 people accessed these online courses in 2019.

  • The CSSRC hired three of four new Regional Training Consultants to serve the four corners of the state, growing the reach of the Center and its ability to provide direct services to schools outside the front-range corridor. These mental health professionals can consult with schools on all aspects of psychological safety and, with added training, will also assist with physical safety issues. 

  • The Bureau of Justice Assistance awarded a nearly $1 million grant for the CSSRC to work in collaboration with the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado and the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) on threat assessment.  The project entails refining the Center’s threat assessment documents and training, piloting the revised materials at five schools, and then rolling out the final product and training to an additional 30 schools. 

  • Working in concert with the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, the I Love U Guys Foundation, and the JeffCo/Frank DeAngelis Center, the CSSRC has taken the facilitator’s role as these agencies begin the process of identifying best practices in prevention, mitigation, protection, response, and recovery. 

  • Recognizing the need to maximize services and resources to schools, CSSRC staff  participated in regular meetings with 35 organizations, presented at 13 statewide conferences, and participated in four working groups (threat assessment, suicide assessment, youth council, Institutions of Higher Education).

The CSSRC has 10  staff positions, with one of those positions yet to be filled. Staff provide consultation, resources, training, and technical assistance to foster safe and secure learning environments, positive school climates, and early intervention to prevent crises. Information and resources from the CSSRC are available to all schools, school officials, and community partners throughout Colorado. The Center supports schools and local agencies in the five missions of school safety preparedness: prevention, mitigation, protection, response, and recovery. 

The Center has a 19-member advisory board from various state agencies, and others with a stake in school safety issues in Colorado, which meets four times a year with Center staff and provides input on their work.

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