Interagency Coordination of Services Through a Social Support Network

Holly A. Bell, University of Colorado at Boulder

An overview of the components of safe school planning as outlined in the Safe Community-Safe Schools model is presented. The focus is on the necessity of implementing strategies that are a combination of both prevention and intervention -- one specifically addressing the needs of students at risk by identifying and managing individual student cases. It serves as an information gathering and decision-making mechanism that is extremely valuable to a school community's ability to meet the emotional needs of its students. The discussion will compare the existing variations of the Social Support Team concept that schools and districts currently utilize. We will also explore practical ways of adapting existing teams to serve the purpose of early intervention and identification of at-risk behaviors within students.

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Updated 05/20/2006