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2017 Abstracts: Kansas

PR Award #: H323A170006
Name: Kansas State Department of Education
Project Title: Kansas State Personnel Development Grant
City, State: Topeka, KS
Project Director: Kerry A. Haag
Project Director email: khaag@ksde.org

Purpose:
This project addresses an unmet need in Kansas by providing a systematic, coordinated, tiered system of trauma-informed school mental health (SMH) that promotes the resilience of Kansas students with disabilities and their peers. Impacts include: (1) Increased percentage of students who feel safe and engaged in school and perceive hope for their future; (2) Decreased suspension, expulsion, and dropout rates; (3) Improved attendance and academic achievement; and (4) Decreased instances of bullying, suicide attempts, and substance use. Additionally, parents/guardians of students will experience increased school engagement and become full partners in the mental health interventions for their children.

Method:
Professional development activities will include ongoing training and coaching within five communities (approximately 15 districts) to implement the SMH Framework, including trauma-informed policies and practices, universal screening, and evidence-based interventions through collaboration among school and community providers. By the fifth year, all Kansas districts will have access to evidence-based resources, protocols, processes, and professional learning for meeting the mental health needs of students. Ongoing utilization-focused evaluation will support data-based decision making at all levels (educator, school, district, community, project, and State) and ensure that high-quality professional development results in implementation of evidence-based practices that promote positive student outcomes.