FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sandy Hook Promise Partners with the Ohio Department of Education to Train over 1.6 Million Students Statewide Through its Proven Threat Assessment Program as a Result of the STOP School Violence Act
Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is proud to announce that it will be partnering with the Ohio Department of Education to help train its students, educators, and school administrators how to identify, assess, intervene and get help for those exhibiting at-risk behaviors through its Safety Assessment and Intervention program. Through the STOP School Violence Act over 1.6 million students will be reached in 3,505 schools across the state.
“We are proud to work with the Ohio Department of Education to help keep its students safe by training them how to properly assess threats before violence occurs. We know we can prevent violence through proven programs like our Know the Signs programs, and I am proud that we are able to train and protect students across Ohio,” said Mark Barden, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise and father of Daniel who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy.
The Safety Assessment and Intervention (SAI) is a national evidence-based program and one of four programs under Sandy Hook Promise’s Know the Signs Programs. SAI trains a multidisciplinary team in each school to identify threats, signs and signals of a violent act, determine the seriousness of the threat, and developing intervention plans that protect students and address the underlying problem or conflict.
To date, Sandy Hook Promise has trained over 3.5 million youth and adults in at least one of its Know the Signs programs in all 50 states and have helped avert multiple school shooting plots, numerous teen suicides, as well as other acts of violence and self-harm.
The STOP School Violence Act was introduced in the House of Representatives before the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to build-off of the research and lessons learned from Sandy Hook and other tragic shootings and scale proven, evidence-based early intervention programming to schools across the country to prevent future school shootings, suicides, and other forms of school violence. It was passed and signed into law in March as part of the FY2018 omnibus funding bill. Sandy Hook Promise proudly worked with Republicans and Democrats to write and pass this legislation.
About Sandy Hook Promise: Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. SHP is led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. SHP’s mission is to prevent gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults to identify, intervene and get help for at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible program and policy solutions that address the “human-side” of gun violence by preventing individuals from ever getting to the point of picking up a firearm to hurt themselves or others. Our words, actions and impact nationwide are intended to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation.
Dini von Mueffing Communications