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Administrator Perceptions of School Safety Capacity and Sustainability Report

This report provides valuable insights from education leaders nationwide and explores crucial information about implementing and sustaining school safety.
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TOPICS Capacity Building TYPE Reports
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A Positive Youth Development Approach to School Safety

This comprehensive model is designed to help practitioners and policymakers understand how the strategies they choose may be related to a larger context of school safety.
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TOPICS Comprehensive School Safety Plans TYPE Reports
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2022 Training Needs Assessment Report

Our 2022 Needs Assessment report highlights what we learned from our survey of grantees and the trainings those results informed.
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TOPICS Comprehensive School Safety Plans TYPE Reports
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Metropolitan District Tests Various School-Based Mental Health Services

An NIJ-funded assessment of the relative benefits of broader mental health services yields mixed results, underscoring implementation challenges.
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TOPICS Mental Health TYPE Reports
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Synthesizing Knowledge On Equity And Equity-Based School Safety Strategies

This publication from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) provides an overview of the literature on school safety in the United States, with a focus on equity.
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TOPICS School Climate TYPE Reports
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National Guidelines for Child and Youth Behavioral Health Crisis Care

These guidelines from SAMHSA offer information for the design and development of services that meet the needs of children, youth, and their families experiencing a behavioral health crisis.
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TOPICS Mental Health
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Preventing and Responding to Bias and Hate Incidents in K-12 Educational Settings: A Toolkit for School Communities and Leaders

This CRS toolkit contains best practices, strategies, and resources for supporting safe and inclusive K-12 educational environments, free of harassment and discrimination.
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A Comprehensive School Safety Framework: Report to the Committees on Appropriations

This NIJ report details the model and best practices for comprehensive school safety determined through four years of research conducted under the NIJ's Comprehensive School Safety Initiative.
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School Policing Programs: Where We Have Been and Where We Need To Go Next

This National Institute of Justice (NIJ) report on the state of school policing in the United States examines the current role of police in schools and provides recommendations on how they can better serve the needs of students.
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TOPICS School-based Law Enforcement TYPE Reports
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The Causes and Consequences of School Violence: A Review

This report commissioned by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) takes a comprehensive look at the state of the research on school violence and includes additional discussions about research on serious violence and studies that were funded by NIJ’s Comprehensive School Safety Initiative.
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Using an Open-Source Database to Understand School Shootings

NIJ-supported researchers have created the first open-source database of U.S. school shootings to better understand the causes of school-related gun violence and identify intervention points.
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TOPICS Campus Security TYPE Reports
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2021 Training Needs Assessment Report

Our 2021 Needs Assessment report highlights what we learned from our survey of grantees and the trainings those results informed.
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Supporting Child and Student Social, Emotional, Behavioral, and Mental Health Needs

This report from the U.S. Department of Education provides focused information and resources to enhance the promotion of mental health and social and emotional well-being among students.
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TOPICS Mental Health TYPE Reports
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Behavioral Threat Assessment and Management (BTAM): Best Practice Considerations for K–12 Schools

This school safety and crisis resource by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) examines the evidence-based best practices of Behavioral Threat Assessment and Management (BTAM) in a K-12 school setting.
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TOPICS Threat Assessment TYPE Reports
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Fact Sheet: Improving Access and Care for Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Conditions

This Fact Sheet from whitehouse.gov describes the various federal approaches being taken to address youth mental health and substance use.
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TOPICS Mental Health TYPE Reports
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The Landscape of Federal K-12 School Health Efforts, 2010-2020

This report by the National School Health Collaborative (NSHC) is a systemic review of federal programs, initiatives, and funding streams that support school health work.
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TOPICS School Climate TYPE Reports
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Focusing On Safety Report

Understanding school safety needs and concerns through school superintendents focus group discussions
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