Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $995,248)
Tennessee has demonstrated its commitment to school safety with a comprehensive and sustainable approach to providing safe and supportive schools. However, challenges still exist statewide specific to implementing a high-quality threat assessment program with fidelity and sustainability. Therefore, building upon ongoing statewide school safety efforts, this project aims to support the implementation and sustainability of an evidence based BTAM program to prevent school violence and ensure a positive school climate. Specifically, we plan to deliver an advanced BTAM case management training, implement an electronic case management process, and providing intensive program implementation and sustainability support for Tennessee schools.
Considering the specific issues facing the State of Tennessee, we propose to build upon already existing training, with a specific emphasis on rural and underserved communities, through the delivery of: 1) high-quality advanced training, 2) an electronic case management tool to support a systematic approach and build fluency and experience in the case management process; 3) intensive program implementation and support; 4) stipends to support rural and underserved communities with associated participation; costs and 5) alignment, continuity, and sustainability of ongoing threat assessment work in TN. Most state agencies and school districts in TN have adopted the U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) model, a comprehensive process that extends from threat reporting to assessment, intervention, monitoring, and follow up with trauma-informed and developmentally appropriate interventions. We propose building upon this foundation in order to increase long term success and sustainability through the delivery of an aligned advanced training for those that have completed basic and introductory training.
To achieve the highest degree of impact and ensure the long-term sustainability of the project, we will use a cyclical and phased approach for implementation. In phase 1, we will coordinate with state agencies and assess the current programs and strategies that need to be aligned with training in this project. In phase 2, we will deliver a series of in-person and virtual advanced trainings; provide access to case management software; offer several communities of practice; and provide intensive technical assistance support. Finally, in phase 3, we will deliver several train-the-trainer trainings to build long-term sustainability in the state. Our project partners and staff are highly-qualified, many of whom have worked extensively in the field, to deliver this training and support to the State of Tennessee.