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Susan Peng-Cowan | Behavioral Health Navigator
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Corina McEntire | Comprehensive School Safety-Public Health Coordinator
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Don Lawry | Threat Assessment Coordinator

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FEATURED ARTICLE: Getting School Climate Right, Education Week
Education Week: Getting School Climate Right: A Guide for Principals

Registration is Open for Upcoming Trainings

We are offering two threat assessment training courses for the current school year. The first is on January 29, 2024 (virtual). The other is on April 26, 2024 (in person at the ESD conference center). Registration is available on pdEnroller. If you can't attend, we are happy to conduct a training in your district. Contact Don Lawry to arrange it!

Friendly Reminder: We advise having at least one staff member from each building complete the training—and refresher trainings are never a bad idea!
Looking for additional training or resources? Contact your Threat Assessment Coordinator, Don Lawry


Spotlight on Safety Annexes

Annexes outline the critical operations and procedures schools need to for before, during and after an emergency. RCW 28A.320.125 requires schools to have at a minimum: Shelter In Place, Lockdown, Evacuation, Earthquake, and Reunification.

Having Standard Response Protocol outlined in your functional annexes simplifies what staff and students need to do during an emergency.
Consider adopting protocol that aligns with other districts in your area. Visit the I Love You Guys Foundation for best practice examples.

Coming in January

Regional Forum on Standard Response ProtocolHear from local experts about the latest best practices on response procedures and why standard terminology matters.
School Safety Planning WorkshopLearn how to develop a comprehensive plan using a 6-Step process. Register through pdEnroller.

Workshopping School Safety Plans

Bring your school safety plan to share examples, ideas, and brainstorming power. Use this hour for updating your plan!

Every First Friday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Join on Zoom

Ask Corina to add you to the calendar invite.


Get ahead of the spread. Prepare for increased transmission this holiday season by sending students home with COVID-19 tests. Order your tests by December 6th from the DOH ordering portal to make sure you have enough tests to send home with students before winter break. Visit our web page for more information and resources.
CDC Severe Viral Respiratory Illness Data: COVID-19 continues to have higher hospitalization and death rates than the flu. Reduce your risk and protect those around you. It’s not too late to get vaccinated. Find the latest local COVID/Flu/RSV data on the DOH Respiratory Illness Data Dashboard.
Find tracking data from the emerging science of wastewater virus surveillance on the WastewaterSCAN Dashboard—an early indicator of virus activity


ESD112 is Bolstering Behavioral Health Supports for Students

Thanks to federal funding through the Project AWARE grant, we're able to expand integrated behavioral health services in schools! This grant allows us to extend our reach as a licensed behavioral health agency, recognized by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH). This expansion enables our behavioral health professionals to offer vital treatment services to students, covering prevention of substance use disorders, early interventions for mental health and substance use issues, screening, assessments, outpatient treatments like counseling, and referrals. With the current grant iteration, we've embedded more therapists in schools, addressing critical needs in areas where accessing services can be challenging for students. Discover more in this article submitted by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

JED in High Schools

Forefront Suicide Prevention is expanding mental health technical assistance to high schools in Washington state through a new collaboration with The Jed Foundation. The Jed Foundation (JED) is a non-profit organization that helps to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults, and we are thrilled to launch JED High School delivered by Forefront. Through this multi-year partnership, Forefront in the Schools staff (FIS), will be trained to implement JED High School, free of charge, to a select number of High Schools across Washington State.
Participating schools will gain access to the JED Comprehensive Approach to Mental Health Promotion & Suicide Prevention for High Schools and JED High School, a three-year technical assistance program through which JED helps schools implement the Comprehensive Approach. This includes data collection, evaluation, and consistent strategic support from a Forefront School Mental Health Specialist over the course of three years.
Due to the time-limited funding, schools can join JED High School, delivered by Forefront, for a January 2024 start by executing service agreements before December 2023 concludes. Please reach out to your Behavioral Health Navigator if you are interested in being a cohort for JED in high schools.

QPR – Suicide Prevention Training for ESAs


Remaining QPR trainings available for PESB certification:

Tuesday, February 27, 2024
9-12 on Zoom
Thursday, May 30, 2024
9-12 @ ESD112 conference center
Individual trainings for your school district can be arranged by contacting your Behavioral Health Navigator.
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