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Canandaigua, NY: School Behavioral Intervention Team to identify troubled students

Sept 29, 2018, Canandaigua (NY) Daily Messenger: A cry for help, and the answer Like most everyone else in the country, Canandaigua Police Sgt. Nate Lawrence watched the coverage of the Parkland, Florida school shootings last February on TV. … That’s what prompted him to begin researching the idea of a threat assessment team, modeled after a longtime federal program, at Canandaigua, to identify early warning signs and direct necessary help to a student before something as violent and tragic as a mass shooting happens. … This school year, the Canandaigua Police Department and Canandaigua School District are implementing what they call the Behavioral Intervention Team to better identify those red flags and connect the dots early on. Their goal is to get at-risk students the help they need before a situation escalates to violence. … Members of the team — they include representatives of the police department and school, Ontario County Sheriff’s Office, State Police, Finger Lakes Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program and Ontario County Juvenile Probation, Child Protective Services and Mental Health — will be meeting on a weekly or biweekly basis. … They will gather information about situations involving allegations of threats or concerns. They will assess that information. Then, they will develop strategies to address the situation and follow up until the case is closed. … Other warning signs include changes in behavior, a sudden, unexplained drop in grades, a mental health issue, signs of problems at home — whether a divorce or a history of violence or substance abuse….


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