Performance Improvement 2013-2014. Does the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative Reduce Substance Use and Violence, Increase Access to Mental Health Services, Improve School Climate, and Improve Coordination and Service Integration?

01/01/2014

This evaluation examined whether the Program Theory Model is supported by data already collected by Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) grantees. The study investigated how elements of the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Model were influenced by pre-grant conditions, grant operations, and change over time to produce near-term and long-term outcomes.

For elementary, middle, and high schools participating in the SS/HS grant program, there were significant increases in the proportion of students receiving school-based mental health services. Decreases in perceptions of gang activity as a problem were found for elementary and middle schools participating in the SS/HS grant program. For participating high schools, there were significant reductions in 30-day alcohol use.

Report Title: National Evaluation of the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative Final Report August 2013
Agency Sponsor: SAMHSA, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Federal Contact: Melanie Brown, 240-276-1909
Performer: RTI International
Record ID: 10128 (September 30, 2013)

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