Mental Health Intervention Team earns school safety award

March 9, 2021

MHIT school safety award
The CFISD Mental Health Intervention Team will be honored by the Texas School Safety Center and receive the Positive School Climate and Prevention Programs Award of the center’s School Safety Spotlight Program. Comprised of four licensed professional counselors, two licensed psychologists and two mental health police officers, the intervention team promotes and supports the mental health and well-being of students, families, staff and community members through prevention, intervention and safety.

March 9, 2021—The CFISD Mental Health Intervention Team (MHIT) will be honored by the Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) and receive the Positive School Climate and Prevention Programs Award of the center’s School Safety Spotlight Program.

The MHIT will be featured in the center’s upcoming quarterly newsletter as well as the TxSSC social media platforms.

The School Safety Spotlight Program is designed to recognize and promote schools, districts and individuals that foster education and learning through safe and secure campuses. Categories include Collaborative Community Partnerships, Staff Development and Training, Positive School Climate and Prevention Programs, Student-Led Groups or Programs and Outstanding Individual Service. Submissions and nominations are reviewed based on knowledge, creativity and originality, engagement, impact and evidence-based practices.

The TxSSC recognizes the top-scoring submissions from each category.

CFISD’s Mental Health Intervention Team promotes and supports the mental health and well-being of students, families, staff and community members through prevention, intervention and safety. Established during the 2018-2019 school years by the Board of Trustees and Superintendent Dr. Mark Henry, the MHIT is a collaborative and partnership among three departments—Guidance and Counseling, Psychological Services and the CFISD Police Department.

The team is comprised of four licensed professional counselors, two licensed psychologists and two mental health police officers.

“It’s amazing how CFISD continues to excel in cutting edge ideas in every area. Our mental health intervention is like none other,” said Franklin Sampson, CFISD director of guidance and counseling. “We thought about the needs of all students and developed a way to provide mental, social and emotional support for each child. We have worked tirelessly to make a huge impact and intervening before, during and after a mental health concern. I am super proud that this team is in place and that a constant gauge is on the mental health awareness of our students and staff. Hat’s off to our four licensed professional counselors, two licensed psychologists and two mental health officers!”

All nominations submitted through the third (Nov. 1, 2020 to Jan. 31, 2021) and fourth quarters (Feb. 1-April 30, 2021) will be considered for recognition at the TxSSC School Safety Conference, to be held June 27-July 1 in San Marcos.

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