Crisis Response

Do I need to activate a District Mental Health Response?

Definition of Trauma Response:

A traumatic situation of social and emotional impact to a school and community that has the potential to or already has overwhelmed the internal resources to support students and staff.

Items to consider before activation:

  • Student impact
  • Counseling staff impact
  • Teacher impact
  • Community impact
  • Direct vs. Indirect trauma (How many persons are directly impacted/how many by proximity)
  • Expected duration of incident
  • Assistance with communication and additional support resources
  • Level of assistance required

Mission of the District Mental Health Response Team-

Short term stabilization unit to manage and restore equilibrium in a school environment to a level at which internal resources can manage the remnants of a crisis with in-place supports i.e. 3rd party agencies, counselor, interventionist, etc…