Agenda Plus
School Board of Clay County
April 6, 2017 - Regular School Board Meeting
C9 - Continue training in the Safe Crisis Management Program for ESE employees 2017-18.

Safe Crisis Management provides staff with a capacity to prevent or safely respond to dangerous situations.

Gap Analysis
Currently, school personnel must at times physically manage students in crisis for the protection of the student and others. In these crisis situations, where the student or others are in imminent danger, this sometimes requires physical restraint or seclusion. Training of personnel is required under state law. Typically, only school personnel serving students in more restrictive settings are trained in this methodology. Safe Crisis Management is a comprehensive training program focused on preventing and managing crisis events and improving safety. Safe Crisis Management uses a trauma-sensitive approach with emphasis on building positive relationships. This training is required for some instructional personnel. The training provides a comprehensive continuum of prevention, de-escalation and safe emergency intervention strategies for responding to aggressive behavior. Safe Crisis Management promotes safety and reduces potential liability.
Previous Outcomes
Safe Crisis Management has been used in Clay County since 1983. Other methodologies have been reviewed and Safe Crisis Management continues to be the preferred option for crisis intervention. The attached chart shows the consistent downward trend of restraints and seclusion incidents over the past three years under Safe Crisis Management. We continue to have a focus on reducing incidents of restraint and seclusion. Further reduction can be achieved with continued instruction of de-escalation strategies through the Safe Crisis Management Program. Restraint Incidents - 21% reduction from 2013 - 2016 2013-14 = 172 2014-15 = 158 2015-16 = 136 2016-17 = 114 (Through February 28, 2017) Seclusion Incidents - 72% reduction from 2016 - 2017 2013-14 = 140 2014-15 = 54 2015-16 = 33 2016-17 = 7 (Through February 28, 2017) Number of Staff Trained in restraint/seclusion 2013-14 = 226 2014-15 = 281 2015-16 = 250 2016-17 = 217 (4 classes remaining in 2016-17)
Expected Outcomes
Approval of this agenda item will ensure that a research-based crisis prevention methodology remains available for staff and students.
Strategic Plan Goal

Continue training in the Safe Crisis Management Program for ESE employees 2017-18.

Mr. Michael McAuley, Assistant Superintendent of Climate and Culture Terry D. Roth, Director, Exceptional Student Education and Student Services
Financial Impact
District trainers are recertified annually by Safe Crisis Management staff. Clay county personnel are then trained by these district trainers, also on an annual basis. Training costs are approximately $60,000 annually.
Review Comments
SCM Previous Outcomes attachment.pdf