All of the Latest News on Reconnecting Youth and CAST!
RY and CAST are Aligned with PBIS
Date Posted: 6/26/2019
In June 2010, seven educators in La Crosse County completed Coping and Support (CAST) training funded by a 3-year grant from the Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance. This grant focused on reducing truancy, alcohol and drug abuse, violence and gang participation in high school students.
Close your eyes and envisage the building on the corner of Alder and Third Avenue. What comes to mind? The hospital, of course. And, when you think about the hospital, what do you think about? Getting hurt, getting sick, having to have tests to find out what’s wrong with you, or maybe if you’re lucky, See’s Candies. Whatever it is, it’s usually about the services contained in that block of concrete.
California’s MTSS focuses on aligning initiatives and resources within an educational organization to address the needs of all students. It is an integrated, comprehensive framework for local educational agencies (LEA) that aligns academic, behavioral, and social-emotional learning in a fully integrated system of support for the benefit of all students.
In the summer of 2011, Blue Valley School District in Overland Park, KS, sent five fabulous and passionate staff members to our annual Seattle RY Facilitator Training. Blue Valley Academy Principal, Valerie Jennings, wrote us in February to say that the RY Program was going so well in their district that “we met with the high school principals who do not have RY … and all of them are wanting to offer RY in their buildings next year!"
Suicide is a leading cause of death in the US. Suicide rates increased in nearly every state from 1999 through 2016. Mental health conditions are often seen as the cause of suicide, but suicide is rarely caused by any single factor. In fact, many people who die by suicide are not known to have a diagnosed mental health condition at the time of death. Other problems often contribute to suicide, such as those related to relationships, substance use, physical health, and job, money, legal, or housing stress. Making sure government, public health, healthcare, employers, education, the media and community organizations are working together is important for preventing suicide. Public health departments can bring together these partners to focus on comprehensive state and community efforts with the greatest likelihood of preventing suicide.
The Public Health Agency of Canada reviewed the science-based prevention program Coping and Support Training (CAST) and subsequently added it to their prestigious Best Practice Portal. You can read their summary and independent review on their website.
CALIFORNIA LAW SPURS REFORMS AFTER SUICIDE CLUSTER
Date Posted: 6/19/2019
In an effort to address youth suicide, a new law in California requires schools to establish suicide prevention programs for students in grades 7 to 12. The state law mandates that schools have suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention procedures in place by the start of the next school year.
Five high schools in western Colorado added Reconnecting Youth to their course offerings thanks to a Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant grant from the Colorado Division of Behavioral Health. The program is run by Mpower, a non-profit that provides programs to young people.