School-based Mental Health Programs
Bullying and Cyber Bullying training and presentations are designed to promote a safe school environment by increasing knowledge and attitude on reducig Bullying and Cyber Bullying; to provide resources to educate school staff and parents/caretakers on identifying, stopping and preventing Bullying and Cyber Bullying, and to raise student awareness. Trainings and presentations are available to staff, students, and parents in Orange County.
Child Abduction Prevention education program is designed to eliminate the victimization of children in Orange County. This program provides presentations, trainings, workshops, and activities for adult abduction prevention education curriculum and materials to establish community-wide awareness and cooperation to effectively protect children from potential predatory dangers. This program also will expand the radKIDS personal empowerment program for children to at least one site in each school district.
Conflict Resolution Services- OCDE provides conflict resolution training and support for schools and community organizations. The trainings include: Peer Conflict Mediation Coordinator Training for elementary and secondary schools, Parent/Family Conflict Resolution Training, and Student Peer Educator Training for secondary students. Please click on Conflict Resolution Services for more information.
Crisis Response Network - CRN was developed to support school communities in crisis preparedness, response, and recovery efforts. CRN’s mission is to provide pre-incident training to school and community-based personnel to build capacity to respond in a structured and effective manner.
Evaluation, Assessment, and Data Center (EADC)- The mission of OCDE’s Evaluation, Assessment, and Data Center (EADC) is to assist schools and programs to increase student achievement by acting as a data, information, and education policy hub primarily by providing accurate and relevant assessment, evaluation, and accountability needs with honesty, integrity, and efficiency. We offer a variety of services including student achievement reporting, testing and accountability results, county networks, program evaluation and determining program impacts, survey development, data collection, and technological assistance. Our staff includes specialists in quantitative and qualitative methods, educational research, assessment, and state and federal accountability. School-based Mental Health Services Evaluation Plan Evaluation of OCDE’s PEI School-Based Mental Health Services will be performed by OCDE’s Evaluation, Assessment, and Data Center (EADC). This entity is an external evaluator using the United States Department of Education’s definition of having no managerial or implementation responsibilities for the program. The evaluation will include both formative and summative elements. Reports from the formative evaluation will be used to inform program stakeholders of strengths, challenges, and recommended modifications. Summative evaluation data will be collected and reported to program staff and to the Orange County Health Care Agency. Evaluation tools and methods for the OCDE’s PEI School-Based Services will be culturally appropriate for use with all students and families.
Gang Prevention/Intervention- Provides a liaison among Orange County schools, community, law enforcement, probation, gang task forces, the District Attorney Office, parents, students and community agencies. Services include in-classroom prevention and intervention programs, annual youth conferences, individual gang crisis intervention, and parent education. Specialized staff and administrative trainings are available on request.
The Hate Crimes Prevention Education Program- is designed to alleviate and/or eliminate hate crimes in Orange County. What is a hate crime? Hate Crimes are defined under specific penal code sections as an act or an attempted act by any person against the person or property of another individual or group which in any way constitutes an expression of hostility toward the victim because of his or her race, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, gender, or ethnicity. The Hate Crimes Prevention Education program provides presentations, trainings, workshops, and activities to increase the knowledge and skills of school staff, students, parents, and the community regarding how to recognize and report a hate crime.
The OC Safe from the Start (OCSFTS)- vision is to empower individuals, families, organizations, and communities to reduce children’s early exposure to violence and reinforce the belief that “Every Orange County Child Is My Concern.” This public health campaign is a comprehensive strategy to assist communities in reducing the impact of violence on children by utilizing curriculum targeted to raise awareness and educate parents on the severe impact of children’s early exposure to violence. The curriculum includes a multimedia toolkit which features two interactive DVDs, a Facilitator Guide, and several resource materials that can be integrated into current programs to support parenting skills and positive youth development. Presentations and resources are available in Spanish and will be available in Vietnamese. The initiative targets children ages 0 to 18 with an emphasis on children ages 0 to 5, who have been exposed to family, school and/or community violence.
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) -This Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports Leadership Team provides training, coaching, and systems evaluation for Orange County Schools developing a systems approach to school -wide positive discipline in order to improve the social-emotional and academic outcomes of ALL students. The PBIS leadership team is actively coordinating county wide implementation efforts by:
- creating an organizational umbrella composed of adequate funding, broad visibility, and consistent political support
- support for sustained and broad-scale implementation established through a cadre of “coaches”
- a system for on-going evaluation; and
- a group of demonstration schools that documents the viability of the approach within the local fiscal, political and social climate of the county
School-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is comprised of a broad range of systemic and individualized strategies for achieving important social and learning outcomes while preventing problem behaviors for ALL students. It is a compilation of effective practices, interventions and systems change strategies that have a long history of empirical support. PBIS is the integration of four elements:
- Operationally defined and valued outcomes
- Behavioral and biomedical science
- Research-validated practices and
- Systems change to enhance the broad quality with which all students are living/learning and reduce problem behaviors
Currently, OCDE serves 158 elementary and secondary county schools with PBIS training and support.