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About Middletown Safe Schools/Healthy Students

The goal of the Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) State and Pilot Community Program is to create safe and supportive schools and communities by bringing the SS/HS model to scale at the state level by building partnerships among education, behavioral health, and criminal/juvenile justice.

Middletown Public Schools has been selected as one of three Connecticut pilot communities to implement the four year Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) grant through the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS). For more information on SAMHSA's federal Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative: http://www.sshs.samhsa.gov/. For more information on the Connecticut Safe Schools/Healthy Students Diffusion Project, view the FAQ from DMHAS.

We value our partnerships with key school and community organizations, some of which are listed alphabetically below:

  • Child First
  • Community Health Center, Inc.
  • DATTCO and the MPS Transportation Department
  • Department of Children and Families (DCF)
  • Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS)
  • Department of Public Health (DPH)
  • Effective School Solutions
  • Family Resource Center
  • Middlesex Coalition for Children
  • Middlesex Hospital Center for Behavioral Health - Family Advocacy Program
  • Middlesex United Way
  • Middlesex YMCA
  • Middletown Public Schools and Middletown Board of Education
  • Middletown Police Department
  • Middletown School Readiness Program and School Readiness Council
  • Middletown Substance Abuse Prevention Council (MSAPC)
  • Middletown Youth Services Bureau
  • MPS School Social Worker & Psychologist Department
  • North End Action Team
  • Opportunity Knocks Early Childhood Collaborative
  • Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Teams
  • Rushford
  • SERC
  • State Department of Education (SDE)
  • State of Connecticut Judicial Brach - Court Support Services Division (CSSD)

The Foundation of Safe Schools/Healthy Students

1. Five Elements

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2. Guiding Principles

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3. Strategic Approaches


Guidance Documents

Snapshots from the Federal Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative:

Project Evaluation

A very important part of this SS/HS Initiative is the evaluation of the programs and services being provided. The evaluation process requires the collection of data about students' participation in the programs and services being offered. The data collected will help project staff to determine whether the programs and services offered are actually having a positive effect on students' lives and the school's environment.

Data from schools and participating service providers will be used by a team from University of Connecticut/CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) to evaluate the project. No individually identifiable information (e.g., student names, addresses, etc.) will be made available to the Local Evaluation Team. All data is collected and assessed as group data. A summary of the project's combined program results and progress will be available to the community.