September 6, 2019
Sept. 6, 2019—The Cypress-Fairbanks ISD administration provided a report on the Mental Health Intervention Team, a key component of the district’s Safety and Security Measures, during the Board of Trustees work session on Sept. 5.
Formed during the 2018-2019 school year, the Mental Health Intervention Team consists of four licensed professional counselors, two licensed specialists in school psychology and two mental health officers. The team was formed to enhance the Identification and Intervention component of the district’s three-pronged approach to Safety and Security Measures:
Day-to-day duties of the Mental Health Intervention Team include:
The Mental Health Intervention Team follows the Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines (CSTAG; formerly the Virginia Student Threat Assessment Guidelines, VSTAG), which were developed and based on research from Dr. Dewey Cornell of the Curry School of Education at University of Virginia. CSTAG is grounded in the principles of threat assessment promoted by the Secret Service and FBI, while further being geared towards the unique needs of schools and students.
The team also adheres to the research-supported Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (CSSRS) screening system, which is currently in use throughout federal and state governments, including many school districts.
Visit the Safety page of the CFISD website for more details on district Safety and Security Measures.