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HHS Awards $131.7 Million to Support At-risk Youth and Families

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, announced $131.7 million awarded in grant programs that connect youth and families to behavioral health services. Awards include $2.4 million to Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health (Project LAUNCH), which promotes the wellness of young children by addressing the social, emotional, cognitive, physical and behavioral aspects of their development; $5.5 million to Cooperative Agreements for School-Based Trauma-Informed Support Services and Mental Health Care for Children and Youth, which increases student access to evidence-based and culturally relevant trauma support services and mental health care; and $16.4 million to Healthy Transitions: Improving Life Trajectories for Youth and Young Adults with Serious Mental Disorders Program, which improves and expands access to appropriate services and supports for transition-aged youth and young adults who either have, or are at risk for developing, serious mental health conditions. Read More

ED Announces New Supports to Increase Reach of Mental Health Services and Professionals in Schools

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced a $2.6 million award to support mental health services and professionals in schools. The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System will establish a national Mental Health Evaluation, Training, Research, and Innovation Center for Schools (METRICS) to increase support and offer new resources for schools nationwide on training mental health professionals and providing school-based mental health services. The new METRICS Center will support grantees of ED’s two programs for increasing the number of mental health providers in schools – School-Based Mental Health and Mental Health Services Professionals. METRICS will also distribute resources to states, districts, and schools nationwide to help them implement high-quality projects to address the social, emotional, and mental health needs of PK-12 students and increase the number of school-based mental health services providers. Learn More

DHS Releases 2024 Homeland Threat Assessment

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently released the 2024 Homeland Threat Assessment (HTA), which continues to identify a high risk of foreign and domestic terrorism in 2024. The HTA provides the public and the Department’s partners with a detailed report on the most pressing threats to the United States as part of the federal government’s continuing effort to assist them in preparing for, preventing, and responding to the diverse and dynamic threat environment. Read the full bulletin, and access school safety-specific resources here. Read More

Back-to-School Internet Safety Tips and Resources

Internet safety education is crucial for adolescent and teen students as well as their families, especially at the start of a new school year. To help keep students safer online, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children released updated online safety resources and presentations for parents, educators, and middle school and high school students. The presentations provide best practices and insights for cultivating a safe and positive online experience and include information on social and emotional skills; problem solving and critical thinking; coping skills, resiliency and seeking help; and bystander engagement. Learn More

DHS Awards $20 Million in Effort to Prevent Targeted Violence and Terrorism

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) awarded 34 grants, totaling $20 million, through the Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention (TVTP) Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2023. The TVTP Grant Program is the sole U.S. federal government grant program dedicated to helping local communities combat targeted violence and terrorism. It provides financial assistance to eligible applicants to develop targeted violence and terrorism prevention programming, pilot innovative prevention approaches, and identify prevention best practices that can be replicated in communities nationwide. Learn More

CISA Announces Cybersecurity Pledge with K-12 Education Technology Providers

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) announced a voluntary Secure by Design pledge for K-12 education technology software manufacturers to commit to designing products with greater security built in. The initiative aims to address K-12 cybersecurity issues at the foundation and ensure that schools and administrators have access to safer and more secure technology and software. As of September 1, CISA has received commitments from six K-12 software technology providers, including some of the largest providers of K-12 education software in the United States. Learn More

September is National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month is an observance each September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that can happen at any time. Emergency planning is a key component of school safety that can include large-scale actions or everyday activities that help build a safe school environment. This September, take a proactive approach to school emergency planning by accessing resources and information from Parents and educators can also find activities to teach children about disaster preparedness through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Ready KidsLearn More

Upcoming Opportunities

Learn about upcoming events, grants, and other opportunities for your school or district.

Discover upcoming school safety events and grants below to help support your school’s or school district’s safety efforts.

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State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program (SLCGP)
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Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV)
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Securing K-12 School Environments: Leveraging Video Surveillance to Enhance School Security
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ARS Response Skill Building Panel
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