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Evidence-Based Programming

The Ohio Department of Education, in consultation with the Ohio departments of Public Safety and Mental Health and Addiction Services, maintains a list of approved, evidence-based training programs for instructing staff and students on suicide awareness and prevention as well as violence prevention as described in Ohio law. Hope Squad is one of the approved, evidence-based training programs for suicide awareness and prevention. The full text, plus a description of the requirements to be evidence-based and a full definition of evidence-based from the Ohio Department of Education website, is included below. The full article can be referenced on the ODE website.

EVIDENCE-BASED SUICIDE AWARENESS AND PREVENTION, VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND SOCIAL INCLUSION PROGRAMS

The Ohio Department of Education, in consultation with the Ohio departments of Public Safety and Mental Health and Addiction Services, will maintain a list of approved, evidence-based training programs for instructing staff and students on suicide awareness and prevention and violence prevention as described in Ohio law. The list includes at least one option that is free or of no cost to schools is currently available.

The approved training programs for suicide awareness and prevention and violence prevention must be evidence-based and include the following:

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How to instruct school personnel to identify the signs and symptoms of depression, suicide and self-harm in students;

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How to instruct students to identify the signs and symptoms of depression, suicide and self-harm in their peers;

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How to identify appropriate mental health services within schools and larger communities and when and how to refer youth and their families to those services;

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How to teach students about mental health and depression, warning signs of suicide and the importance of and processes for seeking help on behalf of self and peers and reporting of these behaviors;

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How to identify observable warning signs and signals of individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others;

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The importance of taking threats seriously and seeking help; and

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How students can report dangerous, violent, threatening, harmful or potentially harmful activity, including the use of the district's chosen anonymous reporting program.

The approved training programs for social inclusion must be evidence-based and include the following:

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What social isolation is and how to identify it in others;

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What social inclusion is and the importance of establishing connections with peers;

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When and how to seek help for peers who may be socially isolated; and

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How to utilize strategies for more social inclusion in classrooms and the school.

EVIDENCE-BASED DEFINITION

The board of education of each city, exempted village and local school district and the board of each cooperative education school district established must work to improve school safety outcomes through evidence-based programs. Evidence-based is defined by Ohio law as a program or practice that does either of the following:

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Demonstrates a rationale based on high-quality research findings or positive evaluation that such a program or practice is likely to improve relevant outcomes and includes ongoing efforts to examine the effects of the program or practice; or

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Has a statistically significant effect on relevant outcomes based on:

a. Strong evidence from at least one well-designed and well-implemented experimental study;

b. Moderate evidence from at least one well-designed and well-implemented quasi experimental study; or

c. Promising evidence from at least one well-designed and well-implemented correlation study with statistical controls for selection bias.

 

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SUICIDE AWARENESS AND PREVENTION AND VIOLENCE PREVENTION PROGRAMS

The programs in this section include direct instruction on the following required components:

  • How to instruct school personnel to identify the signs and symptoms of depression, suicide and self-harm in students;
  • How to instruct students to identify the signs and symptoms of depression, suicide and self-harm in their peers;
  • How to identify appropriate mental health services within schools and larger communities and when and how to refer youth and their families to those services;
  • How to teach students about mental health and depression, warning signs of suicide and the importance of and processes for seeking help on behalf of self and peers and reporting of these behaviors;
  • How to identify observable warning signs and signals of individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others; and
  • The importance of taking threats seriously and seeking help.

These programs do not incorporate the required component of how students can report dangerous, violent, threatening, harmful or potentially harmful activity, including the use of the district’s chosen anonymous reporting program. However, by implementing an anonymous reporting system, this requirement will be met.

approved SUICIDE AWARENESS AND PREVENTION PROGRAMS

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