The Arkansas Center for School Safety (the Center) has been awarded a Bureau of Justice Assistance grant to assist Arkansas school districts, both public and private, to develop effective behavioral threat assessment teams and processes. Threat assessment is a critical component of preventing school shootings and other targeted violence on campus.

THE CENTER’S GRANT WILL PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING RESOURCES TO SCHOOL DISTRICTS:

Threat Assessment Toolkit:
AVAILABLE NOW! The toolkit includes guidance and resources for implementing a behavioral threat assessment team and introduces the concept of threat assessment in schools.

Introduction to Behavioral Threat Assessment ONLINE:
COMING SOON! This one-hour course will highlight research findings regarding the thoughts and behaviors of individuals who perpetuate acts of targeted violence, processes to develop a school threat assessment team and guidance on community engagement and overcoming the Bystander Effect.

Basic Behavior Threat Assessment:
This eight-hour course, to be delivered virtually, will explore the basic procedures and guidelines for threat assessment teams. Topics will include strategies for diverting students on a violent trajectory, components of threat assessment policies and procedures, defining and identifying behaviors for assessment screenings and levels of interventions needed to deter acts of violence. PLEASE NOTE: This course includes interactive scenarios designed for actual teams. Therefore, all members or potential members of a school threat assessment team should attend the same course delivery. This course will be initially delivered only once for schools in specific education cooperative service areas. Please keep watch for training announcements for delivery of this course to schools in your education cooperative.

These resources will be available to all Behavior Threat Assessment teams in Arkansas public and private schools. Dates of delivery will be determined through partnerships with local Education Cooperatives.

There is no charge for these resources and trainings.

For more information, contact: Vicki French, ACSS Coordinator, at 501-570-8098.

This program is funded through U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance grant 2019-YS-BX-0089.