CSSS Member Spotlight: Galena Park ISD's Mental Health Intervention Team
Galena Park ISD’s Mental Health Intervention Team (MHIT) is an interdisciplinary team comprised of Licensed Mental Health/Substance Abuse Professionals, Social Services Specialists and VOCA Crisis Intervention Specialists.
The MHIT provides an array of services for students, staff and parents including:
campus visits to support the growing mental health and emotional needs during a crisis event;
prevention and intervention mental health and substance abuse services; and
ongoing training and support on important topics related to mental health and substance abuse (including community members.)
As a team, they provide ongoing training and support to staff, students, parents, and community members on important topics related to mental health and substance abuse. As a team, they are committed to reducing the stigma surrounding mental health and substance use disorder. The MHIT’s goal is to foster the mental health and wellness of GPISD’s students, parents and staff by creating a safe space for them to share their experiences and thoughts with a sense of reassurance, compassion, trust and optimism.
The MHIT works collaboratively with campus administrators, counselors, and district-level staff to support the district’s mission statement to prepare students to become productive citizens and lifelong learners.
Dr. Karen Haynes, LPC-S
Frankie Buggs – Social Services Specialist
Melody Burr – District Substance Abuse Counselor
Bianca Cardenas – Social Services Specialist
Rene Hernandez – Social Services Specialist
LaToya Jordan – VOCA Crisis Intervention Specialist
Andrea Rojas – VOCA Crisis Intervention Specialist
Climate and Culture
Mental Health First Aid Training
Why take a Mental Health First Aid course?
Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.
According to Mental Health First Aid:
One in five American adults experience a mental health disorder in a single year.
Almost half of all Americans will experience a mental illness during the course of their lifetime.
More than 20 million Americans, ages 12 and older, will face an addiction.
Save the dates
CSSS will offer Youth and Adult Mental Health First Aid trainings on the following dates:
These courses include a self-paced, 2-hour training component in addition to a 4-hour live virtual component for a total seat time of six hours.
Take Care Tuesday Podcast
The Center for Safe and Secure Schools’ “Take Care Tuesday” podcast debuted in June 2020 and has performed phenomenally. In addition to our listeners in the United States, we’ve had listeners from Ireland, Nigeria, the United Kingdom, Germany and Singapore.
Jarad Davis (Director, Wraparound Services for HISD) discusses with Cierra Nickerson, “Nurturing the Whole Child” (New!)
Social Media and Online Threat Assessment Training
In 2021, the BJA STOP School Violence grant will focus heavily on providing social media and online threat assessment trainings during the first half of the year.
Youth Mental Health First Aid
Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.
Walk It Like You Talk It: Building and Restoring Connections before Content
This 1-1/2 hour training engages participants in building strategies to establish community in the classroom (virtually or face-to-face).
Mindfulness for Teachers: How to Incorporate Mindfulness in the Classroom
This 1-hour workshop will provide participants will the fundamentals of mindfulness, meditation, self-awareness, and various active mindfulness exercises to promote healthy well-being.
Intro to Restorative Practices
This training allows participants to experience the impact of a virtual Restorative Circle. Participants will have an opportunity to experience a community building circle process and develop the skills to plan and facilitate a virtual Restorative Circle.
Upcoming Trainings / Save The Date
May 19– Youth Mental Health First Aid (8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
This course introduces Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. It describes the history, features, principles and organizational structure of the system. This course explains the relationship between ICS and NIMS and covers single resources and initial action incidents designed to teach personnel how to operate efficiently during an incident or event within the Incident Command System (ICS). This part of the course provides training on and resources for personnel who are likely to assume a supervisory position within the ICS. There will be tabletop scenarios in the training to illustrate how ICS is used in the school emergency response environment.
Threat Assessment Planning: Looking Through a 20/20 Lens
This workshop will feature a presentation from law enforcement focusing on reducing confrontation with police. The emphasis will be on being smart about how you incorporate police officers in the threat assessment process and social media law concerning threats made away from the school building. The workshop will provide a proactive, evidence-based approach for identifying individuals who may pose a threat and for providing interventions before a violent incident occurs.
Note: The Basic ICS training is a prerequisite for this course.
Basic NIMS for Campus Administrators
This course provides an overview of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS defines the comprehensive approach guiding the whole community - all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations (NGO) and the private sector
- to work together seamlessly to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to and recover from the effects of incidents. The course provides learners with a basic understanding of NIMS concepts, principles and components.
It also covers an introduction to National Response Framework (NRF) where the goal is to provide guidance for the whole community. Within this broad audience, the NRF focuses especially on those who are involved in delivering and applying the response core capabilities.
This 4-day series will allow participants to reflect on the idea of public schools as supportive and inclusive environments where students' intellectual, social and emotional well-being are safeguarded by every adult who comes in contact with them.