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October 29, 2020
Thursday

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Connection Quest:  Linking our schools with the agencies serving children, youth & families.

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 Click on the Connection Quest image above to access the Google Drive File for your resource mapping needs. 


This Month's Featured Resources


The Purple Door is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Corpus Christi, Texas. The agency provides FREE services to victims and survivors of family violence and sexual assault throughout a 12-county region of South Texas. The Purple Door offers support and empowerment to individuals through a safe shelter, non-residential services/programs, and outreach. All services are confidential and available free of charge to victims and survivors staying at the shelter and those residing elsewhere in the communities they serve.

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24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, the National Domestic Violence Hotline provides essential tools and support to help survivors of domestic violence so they can live their lives free of abuse. Contacts to The Hotline can expect highly-trained, expert advocates to offer free, confidential, and compassionate support, crisis intervention information, education, and referral services in over 200 languages.

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Trauma-Informed Training Series
As a result of school closures and remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students have been at higher risk of exposure due to adverse childhood experiences and first-hand exposure to the effects of COVID-19. We also know that many educators have themselves experienced a prolonged state of stress over the course of the pandemic and share many of the concerns regarding loss of safety, health, and predictability as students upon the return to school.
That’s why TEA has launched Project Restore and this trauma-informed training video series, which is designed to address these extraordinary and unprecedented needs and connect you to relevant science and strategies that can help you address your own emotional needs as well the needs of your students and colleagues. This series will help educators create an environment that jump-starts teaching and learning and drives student achievement.

This page provides definitions and laws related to bullying and cyberbullying. There are also links to resources to assist in educating others about bullying and cyberbullying.

This website seeks to assist school personnel with resources for supporting student mental health. In Texas, there are numerous collaborative efforts, statutes, services, programs, and strategies available to support the identification of mental health challenges and to address them.  Please bookmark the page, share the link, and visit often to learn of new resources and opportunities for promoting school mental health in Texas.

StopBullying.gov provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying. 

Local Mental Health Authorities (LMHAs)

School districts can connect their students, staff, and faculty to mental health resources through their respective Local Mental Health Authority.  Each Local Mental Health Authority (LMHA) provides services to a specific geographic area of the state, called a local service area. The Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) requires each LMHA to plan, develop policy, coordinate, allocate, and develop resources for mental health services in its local service area.  HHSC contracts with 39 LMHAs to deliver mental health services in communities across Texas. LMHAs provide psychiatric crisis response through 24-hour hotlines and mobile crisis outreach teams.  LMHAs also provide behavioral health services and referrals for Texans seeking behavioral health services. LMHAs routinely outreach to community partners as well as serve as resources in their respective communities for training related to behavioral health and the coordination of behavioral health services during disasters.

Below are two ways to identify the LMHA which serves each LEA:

Download a copy of the crosswalk of Texas LMHAs and LEAs. This tool identifies each Texas school system with their corresponding Texas LMHA and includes the LMHA name, website, and crisis line.

You can also access information through the online LMHA search tool:  http://www.dshs.texas.gov/mhservices-search. You can search for the referral line phone number of each LMHA by city, county, or zip code using the online mental health services search form. You may call the referral line of the LMHA in your area for confidential help 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Services may include:

  • Referrals for student or family  mental health services
  • Prevention/Intervention/Post-vention Training
  • Mobile Crisis Outreach Team (MCOT) Counseling support in times of crisis or disaster
  • Crisis Counseling Hotlines
  • Youth Empowerment Services (YES) Hotlines

Please contact your LMHA for specific services available in your county – with links to websites

Region 2 LMHAs

  • McMullen County

 

  • Aransas, Bee, Brooks, Duval, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Live Oak, and San Patricio Counties

  • Nueces County
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