Resources for Iowa Schools and Parents
- Office of Consumer Affairs – A statewide resource for information, referrals, community education, individual education, problem solving and system navigation.
- Mental Health First Aid for Children – This website will help you search for courses offered in your area. Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.
- NAMI Basics Course – NAMI Basics is the signature education program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses. The NAMI Basics course is taught by trained teachers who are the parent or other caregivers of individuals who developed the symptoms of mental illness prior to the age of 13 years. The course consists of six classes, each lasting for 2 ½ hours. Classes may be offered weekly for six consecutive weeks, or may be offered twice per week for three weeks to accommodate the hectic schedules of parents. All instruction materials are FREE to participants. For locate a class near you, contact NAMI Iowa at firstname.lastname@example.org; (515) 254-0417; 3839 Merle Hay Road , Suite 229, Des Moines, IA 50310
- NAMI Ending the Silence Program – Helping middle and high schoolers understand mental illness makes a big difference. We can teach them about the warning signs for themselves and their friends. NAMI Ending the Silence helps raise awareness and change perceptions around mental health conditions. Through this free classroom presentation, students get to see the reality of living with a mental health condition. During the 50-minute presentation, a young adult living with mental illness and a family member tell their stories about mental health challenges, including what hurt and what helped. For arrange a presentation at your school, contact NAMI Iowa at email@example.com; (515) 254-0417; 3839 Merle Hay Road , Suite 229, Des Moines, IA 50310
- Please Pass the Love – Please Pass the Love is committed to increasing school-based mental health supports to improve the quality of life and educational opportunities for children, families, and educators as well as offer culturally responsive comprehensive services and evidence-based supports to school systems. We strive to bridge positive relationships between the educational and mental health communities to more effectively prevent and address mental health issues for our children and adolescents throughout the state of Iowa. They offer conferences and trainings for educators, parents, and youth as well school-wide programming.
- Tourette Ambassador – Iowa has a Tourette Ambassador! The TAA Youth Ambassador Program brings together, trains and supports teens to advocate for and talk about Tourette and Tic Disorders in their community, with their elected officials and before their peers at school, sports leagues, scout troops, camps and afterschool programs. If you would like to arrange a presentation, contact IowaTSAmbassador@gmail.com
Upcoming Events for Parents and Educators
- October 17, 2017 – Iowa School Mental Health Conference – Join hundreds of teachers, administrators, support staff, counselors, psychologists, therapists, parents, and many more from across the midwest for the only school mental health conference in Iowa.
- November 10, 2017 – Digital Literacy Conference: The Media, Critical Thinking & Wellness -Experience one of the most renowned groups of experts in the world to have ever been brought together for one day. This ground-breaking conference on digital literacy explores the latest global developments in critical thinking skills for the 21st century. This issue is of critical importance to educators, parents, professionals, faith community and business leaders. If you wonder about the effects of media on health, educational achievement, workplace productivity, body image, aggression, and wellness you do not want to miss this. Find the rest of the Digital Literacy Story in the documents to your right. Who should attend this conference: Educators, treatment providers, prevention counselors, and persons involved in child behavior and health care.
- November 17, 2017 – NAMI Iowa Annual Conference – This year with a special track on School mental health including the following sessions: !) Alteranatives to Punishment in K-12 Schools by Sean Casey, Consultant, Challenging Behaviors, The Iowa Department of Education; 2) Special Education Rights for Parents by Nate Kirstein, J.D., Staff Attorney and Beth Rydberg, Senior Staff Advocate, Disability Rights Iowa’ and 3) School Accommodations by Susan Gill form Ask Resources.
State and Federal Code
- Iowa: 280.13C: An Act Concerning the Protection of Students From Concussion and Other Brain Injuries.
- IDEA (The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act)
- ADA (American with Disabilities Act)
- Bullying Statistics by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center
- Iowa Department of Education Statistics
- Office of Civil Rights
- State of Iowa Data
Policy and Policy Recommendations
- Office for Civil Rights (OCR) (The United States Department of Education) Dear Colleague Letter on Seclusion and Restraint December 28, 2016.
- U.S. Department of Education Restraint and Seclusion Resource Document, May 12, 2012
- 280.13C Brain Injury Policies
- Iowa Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
- Iowa’s Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)Iowa Department of Education Administrative Rules on Corporal Punishment, Physical Confinement and Detention, and Physical Restraint
Reports, Articles and Media Coverage
Mental Health in the Schools – General
- Iowa Youth Survey Report – A survey given to Iowa students to understand adolescent and youth needs
- National Public Radio (NPR) Special Series on The Mental Health Crisis in Our Schools
- The Role of Systems of Care Communities in Developing and Sustaining School Mental Health Services Issue Brief, Lead author: Elizabeth Freeman, L.I.S.W.-C.P. & A.P., and L.M.S.W. Contributors: Debra Grabill, M.Ed., CAGS, Frank Rider, M.S., Kelly Wells, M.P.A.
- The Twice Exceptional Dilemma, National Education Association, 2006.
- Advancing Education Effectiveness: Interconnecting School Mental Health and School Wide Positive Behavior Support
Restraint and Seclusion
- American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) letter to U.S. Department of Education concerning Restraint and Seclusion, October 22, 2015.
- American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) Position on the Use of Seclusion and Restraint, 2014.
- The Autism National Committee (AutCom) How Safe is the Schoolhouse? An Analysis of State Seclusion and Restraint Laws and Policies, July 25, 2015.
- Iowa DHS Again Fails to Protect Iowa’s Youth, Disability Rights Iowa Report:2017.
- Mental Health America Position Statement 24: Seclusion and Restraint
- National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors: Promoting Alternatives to Seclusion and Restraint through Trauma-Informed Practices
- National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Advocacy in Action: Seclusion and Restraint: Federal Updates and Advocacy Opportunities By Kelly Vaillancourt & Mary Beth Klotz in Communiqué, Vol. 41, Issue 2, 2016.
- Stop Hurting Kids – A campaign to end restraint and seclusion abuse in schools
- “Professional Practice and Ethical Issues Related to Physical Restraint and Seclusion in Schools” by Brenda Scheuermann, Reece Peterson, et. al., Special Education and Communication Disorders Faculty Publications, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2015.
- INVESTIGATORS: Parents question use of seclusion rooms for special education students by Tom Lyden, Fox9 news, PRIOR LAKE, Minn. (KMSP), May 23. 2017.
- Mom finds son in padded room at Bastrop School by Mary Huber, Statesmen (Austin, TX) May 25, 2017.
- Investigation: Cedar Rapids school held girl in closet for crying: Pierce Elementary staff blocked door to keep 9-year-old in unauthorized seclusion room by Erin Jordan, The Cedar Rapids Gazette, July 4, 2017.
- Creating Positive Learning environments for All Students, A Statement of Daniel Crimmins, Ph.D. Director, Center for Leadership in Disability Clinical Professor, Institute of Public Health Georgia State University Before the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Hearing on Beyond Seclusion and Restraint, Thursday, July 12, 2012
- National Data Confirm Cases Of Restraint And Seclusion In Public Schools, NPR, June 19, 2014.
- Bill Attempts to Ban Seclusion and Restraint, First Focus, June 18, 2013
- Iowa City Schools Seclusion Data Raises Red Flags, USA Today, March 15, 2017
- Ban Seclusion Rooms in Iowa City, The Gazzette, November 18, 2016
Alternatives to Restraint and Seclusion
- A Nurturing Alternative to Calm-Down and Time-Out Rooms by Mona Delehooke, November 16, 2016.
- The Sensory Room: Helping Students With Autism Focus & Learn by Edutopia: What Works in Education
- New Data Shows The School-To-Prison Pipeline Starts As Early As Preschool by Casey Quinlan at ThinkProgress.org, June 7, 2016.
- Tavis Smiley Reports: Episode 6: Education Under Arrest: Feature: Fact Sheet: How Bad is the School-to-Prison Pipeline by Carla Amurao.
- There are ways to end the school-to-prison pipeline. Child advocates offer solutions in Pittsburgh. By Mary Niederberger at Publicsource.org, October 21, 2013.
- The Separate, Unequal Education Of Students With Special Needs by Timothy Pratt, The Hecninger Report, March 31, 2017.
- Helping Young Children Who Have Experienced Trauma: Policies and Strategies for Early Care and Education. May 2017.
- “Development and Psychometric Evaluation of the Attitudes Related to Trauma-Informed Care (ARTIC) Scale” by Courtney N. Baker, Steven M. Brown, et. al., School Mental Health, New York: Springer, 2015.
- “The Effects of Psychological Trauma on Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: a Research Review” by Daniel W. Hoover, Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders (2015) 2:287–299
Programs, Grants, and Initiatives
Positive Behavioral Intervention & Supports – U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) Technical Assistance Center
Sandy Hook Promise Know the Signs Prevention Programs: 1 Signs of Suicide Prevention Program for middle and high school students. 2 Say Something Program which trains children and teens how to recognize signs, especially in social media, of individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and say something to a trusted adult to get them help. 2. Safety Assessment & Early Intervention – training for schools and community organizations on how to identify, assess, and respond to threatening behaviors before they escalate to violence. 4 Start with Hello – Teaches children, teens and young adults how to be more socially inclusive and connected to one another. All training is paid for by Sandy Hook Promise.
- Executive Summary of Now is the Time Mental Health Grant, May 12, 2016,
- Project Aware Grant (Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education)
Awarded October 2014, a five-year 9.6 million dollar federal grant through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration). It is part of the Now Is the Time federal initiative to make schools safer and increase youth and children’s access to mental health services and supports.
- School Climate Transformation Grant
Awarded October 2014. This is a federal grant through the U.S. Department of Education. It is complementary to the Project Aware Grant. Both grants are part of the Now Is the Time federal initiative to make schools safer and increase youth and children’s access to mental health services and supports.