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Project TEAMSS

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $998,858)

Community Strategies Inc. DBA Epic Charter Schools will create Project TEAMSS (Train and Engage All Members for School Safety). This program will create multidisciplinary teams (MDTs), develop, and implement behavior threat assessment and management (BTAM), and train teachers, staff, students, and families in violence identification and risk mitigation. With leadership from a safety and security assessment coordinator, multidisciplinary teams (MDT) will train, develop, and implement BTAM to identify threats to others as well as threats to self-risk within the district. The National Threat Assessment (NTAC) evidenced-based model, as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s and Salem-Keizer’s Student Threat Assessment resources, will be utilized. This data will be used for mental health referrals and follow-up. In addition, staff, students, and families training will be trained on the strategies Epic Charter Schools is implementing, how to report concerns, how to break the code of silence, how threats will be discreetly handled, and more. High school students will be empowered to develop innovative projects that help prevent violence through the Invent2Prevent program, developed by EdVenture Partners and the McCain Institute for International Leadership and supported by the Department of Homeland Security’s Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships (CP3).

Date Created: September 27, 2023