Tips for School Administrators: Leveraging Existing Resources to Support School Responder Implementation provides practical tips and core components for schools designing and implementing school responder models.

For many schools, adding another initiative like the school responder model can seem daunting. However, school responder models are easily implemented and sustained by leveraging existing resources and partnerships. Model implementation does not require significant amounts of funding, and can be integrated into existing school efforts, like Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and Multi-Tiered System of Supports. In addition, school responder models are aligned with other targeted initiatives, like trauma-informed classrooms and restorative practices.

The National Center for Youth Opportunity and Justice (NCYOJ) originally developed and maintained this resource. The NCYOJ was operated by Policy Research, Inc. and operated from 2001 to 2022 and was formerly known as the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice. The NCYOJ improved life opportunities for youth through systems and practice improvement initiatives.

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This resource was first shared in 2021.

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