MassHealth Applications for Hurricane Evacuees — October 18, 2017

There is new information from MassHealth to share. In the aftermath of recent hurricanes (Harvey, Irma and Maria), some evacuees are seeking out family and friends in the Commonwealth and are now residing in Massachusetts.  MassHealth has developed processes to streamline the application process for hurricane evacuees.  For more information, please visit the MassHealth website at https://www.mass.gov/service-details/for-hurricane-evacuees-applying-for-masshealth LEARN MORE

MA DESE Accepting Proposals for the FY18 Safe and Supportive Schools Grant Program — September 28, 2017

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced that the Fiscal Year  2018 (FY18) Safe and Supportive Schools Grant Program (Fund Code 335), funded through the Safe and Supportive Schools line item (7061-9612), is now accepting proposals. LEARN MORE

Senate Ways and Means Budget Released — May 17, 2017

Great news! The Senate Ways and Means budget was released yesterday and the line item for Safe and Supportive Schools includes $500,000 in critical funding needed to continue the successful implementation of the Safe and Supportive Schools statute. LEARN MORE

Safe and Supportive Schools Line Item Update — May 3, 2017

Representative Ruth Balser's budget amendment to restore the critical funding to continue implementation of the Safe and Supportive Schools statute resulted in the House including funding at $500,000 in its final proposed budget! This is an increase of $300,000 from the recommendation in the House Ways and Means budget! LEARN MORE

Articulating Urgency — October 23, 2017

The process of creating a trauma-sensitive school begins when an individual’s or small group of staff have a sense of urgency about the need to address an important school priority.  When a significant number of staff determine to address this urgent priority in a trauma-sensitive way the seed for making change can take hold. LEARN MORE

What steps can we take to get started on the journey to become a trauma-sensitive safe and supportive school? — July 10, 2017

The first step for any school  to create a trauma sensitive school community is careful and thoughtful consideration of the question how do we know we are ready?  LEARN MORE

New Video Discussion Guide Available Now — April 24, 2017

Since the release of the video last fall, we received a large number of requests to share the video. Many who contacted us let us know that there was a desire to start a trauma-sensitive schools discussion in their own communities. In response to these requests, we developed a discussion guide to go along with the video. LEARN MORE

The Flexible Framework: An Action Plan for Schools — February 24, 2017

The Flexible Framework is an organizational tool that enables schools and districts—in collaboration with families, local community organizations, and outside providers—to maintain a whole school focus as they create trauma sensitive schools. LEARN MORE

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The work of building Safe and Supportive School environments for all Massachusetts students continues to move forward.

The Massachusetts House and Senate voted favorably on the Conference Committee budget which included a recommendation for the FY 18 budget that $500,000 be allocated for the Safe and Supportive Schools Line Item.

The Governor, upon review, approved the line item but reduced it to $400,00o, which is level funding at the FY17 levels. We are awaiting a determination by the  House and Senate with respect to the final amount.   This critical funding would enable the continued implementation of the provisions of the Safe and Supportive Schools Framework statute and continue to provide the capacity of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to carry out all of the duties that the legislature outlined in the statute.

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WELCOME VIDEO

Director Susan Cole describes the work of the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative and its vision for creating and advocating for trauma-sensitive schools.

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The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has publicly released the second annual report of the Safe and Supportive Schools Commission (Commission). The Commission, co-chaired by TLPI’s Director Susan Cole, is established by MGL ch. 69, sec. 1P to “develop a statewide safe and supportive schools framework [and] . . . make recommendations on the feasibility of implementing this framework statewide.”

TLPI is pleased to share this second annual report. The report outlines six recommendations the Commission has made to the Legislature and the Governor in order to make progress on achieving the vision contained in the statute.

In this upcoming year, the Commission will engage further with stakeholders to inform subsequent recommendations to the DESE Board, Governor, and Legislature. Additionally, the Commission aims to present recommendations to the DESE Board during 2017, with the goal of having the Department post a revised safe and supportive schools framework and self-assessment tool for schools to use during the 2017-2018 school year.

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On August 13, 2014,  The Safe and Supportive Schools Framework (MGL Ch 69 Section 1P) was  enacted into law when the Governor  signed the legislature’s omnibus Act Relative to the Reduction of Gun Violence.

For more information about the process of enacting this statute, please see the 2014 article, “Implementing Legal Strategies for Creating Safe and Supportive School Environments”  published in the Journal of Applied Research on Children authored by TLPI Director, Susan Cole.

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