Requesting Technical Assistance
Supportive School Discipline Training and Technical Assistance Collaborative
The U.S. Departments of Justice (DOJ), Education (ED), and Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) are working together to support schools and school communities seeking to improve student outcomes related to disciplinary practices. We are inviting school districts to identify areas where technical assistance can help advance efforts to provide safe and supportive learning environments for all students and ensure fair and equitable administration discipline.(1)
This initiative will draw upon the collective TTA resources supported by DOJ, ED, and SAMHSA designed to provided strategic support in such areas as:
- Building a safe and supportive learning environment through-
- Improved discipline policies and related practices,
- Responding to mental health needs,
- Improved social, emotional, and behavioral support,
- Student, family and community engagement,
- Cross-agency collaboration, and
- Collaboration among and training for school, school resource officers/law enforcement, and courts.
- Addressing racial and ethnic discipline disparities and disparities in discipline for children with disabilities through such measures as improved use of data and application in decision making.
To request support through SSDTTAC, please CLICK HERE to complete the online form. You may also download and complete the Standard Intake form and either mail your hard copy to Cheri Ely, Program Director, P.O. Box 8970, Reno, NV 89507 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The form provides basic information and outlines the areas in which your district is seeking assistance. **Any school district interested in receiving technical assistance is encouraged to submit an intake form.**
If you have any questions or require additional assistance, please contact Cheri Ely, Program Director, Juvenile Justice by email at email@example.com.
(1) It is the intent of the participating federal partners that this opportunity will assist your community in engaging in collaborative efforts to create supportive school climates, and to address any persistent challenges, including disparities, in the administration of school discipline. Please note participation in the Collaborative does not preclude federal agencies from investigating local agencies for alleged noncompliance with federal civil rights laws or other Federal statutes, or from initiating compliance reviews of local agencies under those laws; nor would participation in the Collaborative relieve State agencies of their responsibilities to monitor and enforce compliance with applicable Federal legal requirements. As discussed in the January 2014 discipline guidance issued by ED and DOJ, local agencies may take a number of steps to address disparities in the administration of school discipline. The implementation of effective strategies to prevent and eradicate discriminatory discipline practices may help local agencies avoid a violation of federal civil rights laws or give a local agency an opportunity to remedy a violation on its own. Further, proactive and effective efforts taken as part of participation with the Collaborative or initiated by a local agency may inform any remedies that a federal enforcement agency requires, as a result of an investigation, so that the local agency can build on its efforts.