Dropout Prevention, Mental Health and Social Services

Safe Schools Health Students (SSHS) Grants

The SSHS grant consists of coordinated sets of community services that represent collaborative efforts between local public schools, mental health agencies, law enforcement and juvenile justice agencies. Funds are provided for coherent services that promote the common goals of prosocial behavior, early childhood development, positive mental health, academic achievement and prevention of violent behavior, substance use, and dropout. Activities performed included working with project staff and key stakeholders to refine sustainable goals, developing an online referral and information management system, providing formative feedback to inform ongoing program delivery and implementation, and evaluating the overall effectiveness of the initiative.

Youth Partnership Initiative

This project was designed to improve upon the assets (positive behaviors and attitudes) among community youth. As part of the project, surveys were conducted with youth to determine gaps in assets and identify strategies to address identified gaps.

County Department of Mental Health

PRES Associates researchers conducted a longitudinal study examining patterns of service utilization and contact among dual diagnosis patients across the mental health and law enforcement agencies.