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Michigan Budget Boosts School Safety Funding

Michigan Governor Whitmer Signs Historic Education Budget, Invests Big in Holistic Student Wellness

Michigan’s bipartisan state budget marks a record-breaking investment in school safety funding and student mental health support. The budget sets whole-child safety as a top priority for Michigan, allocating $66 million for safety and security and $361 million for mental health support. Schools will receive grants to support a variety of efforts, including risk assessment, critical incident response training, mental health screening tools, and hiring support staff.

“Governor Whitmer’s education budget proposes major new investments in students, staff and schools. The budget will improve our children’s educational experiences across the state.”

– State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice

This budget provides $8,700 in base funding per student and sets the stage for Michigan schools to create a comprehensive safety ecosystem for all students. With its passage, schools will have the resources they need to implement enhanced safety measures and mental health resources for the 2023 school year.

In the budget, funding is provided for a variety of areas that educators and school leaders have identified as concerns. These include special education, teacher retention and increased access to preschool. Two vital areas of focus are safety and security grants and student mental health support. With this investment in both the physical and the emotional safety of students, Michigan takes an important step toward truly safe schools.

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What Michigan’s New Budget Means for Your Safety & Security Spending this School Year

How Can New Safety and Security Funds Be Utilized?

In a long-term investment in school safety and security, the budget allocates nearly $100 million for schools statewide to assess and improve their physical security measures. These funds will assist schools in their efforts to make campuses safer, equip teachers and staff with necessary training and more effectively integrate first responders in the security planning process.

Specifically, safety grants can be spent on the following:

  • Coordination with law enforcement
  • Training on threat assessment, threat response, crisis communication and responsible gun ownership
  • Safety infrastructure
  • Professional development for school resource officers
  • Any school safety service or product
Safety and Security Funds

How Can Increased Mental Health Funding Be Spent?

Mental Health Spending Options

With an understanding that student safety extends beyond physical security, the new budget includes more than $300 million for a broad range of student mental health supports. This money will allow school districts to build out the infrastructure necessary to both identify and address mental health concerns in their schools. From hiring additional staff to implementing social-emotional learning curriculum and enacting suicide prevention measures, schools will have the resources they need to care for the whole child.

District leaders can spend these mental health grants on the following:

  • Hiring support staff
  • Implementing mental health and suicide screening tools
  • Providing school personnel with consultations with behavioral health clinicians
  • Any mental health service or product

How Navigate360 Can Help You Create a Holistic Ecosystem of Safety & Security

As the only school safety partner focused on holistic wellbeing, we offer a robust suite of solutions to help you care for the whole child.

Safety & Security Solutions

Safety & Security Suite: Operating as a single visitor, volunteer, panic button and emergency management solution set, our Safety & Security Suite integrates Emergency Management Suite and Visitor & Volunteer Management to ensure real-time, whole-campus oversight and accountability and improve communication pathways. The suite provides a variety of features, including silent panic alarms, robust safety checks, guidance to ensure Department of Education (DOE) compliance and comprehensive site mapping.

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Risk Assessment: As the only Expert Service Consultants internationally recognized by A.M. Best’s Client Recommended Expert Service Providers for Risk Assessments, Navigate360’s team of board-certified Physical Security Professionals (PSPs) are exceptionally qualified to perform your risk assessment, which can give you peace of mind to stay focused on your school’s critical safety and security missions.

ALICE Training®: The ALICE program is a proactive, options-based active shooter response training program that empowers students and staff to survive in the face of violence. This trauma-informed, age- and ability-appropriate training program provides your schools with both eLearning and in-person instruction options and teaches proven techniques for safety drills and emergency response.

Detect: Detect is the most innovative way to take a proactively get ahead of harmful student intentions. This software helps identify and address a student’s intent to harm themselves or others by scanning digital content in real time and notifying school administrators of harm language found in school-owned email and public social media.

Mental Health & Awareness Solutions

Michigan Cares: Thanks to the state-funded Michigan Cares program, schools can now implement social-emotional learning (SEL) and mental health curricula designed to improve student engagement rates, mitigate learning loss and provide direct support for student mental health and wellness. We’re proud to provide the following solutions in collaboration with our partner, Michigan Virtual.

  • Suite360 for Students: Help your students reach their full potential and thrive with the most comprehensive, evidence-based social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum available. Suite360 for Students includes scaffolded lessons for grades K-12, engaging content that students understand, and diverse topics that help to produce well-rounded students.
  • Mental Health & Prevention: Navigate360 provides mental health awareness tools to address tough mental health and safety-related topics. With professionally developed resources for students, staff and families, everyone can care for their own mental health and respond appropriately when they or someone they care about is in need.

Suicide Awareness & Prevention: Aligned with the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS), Navigate360’s comprehensive suicide prevention training prepares mental health staff on how to address and help a student in crisis. Through our expert-authored curriculum, staff will also gain knowledge of strategies for reducing the stigma of suicide and improving the effectiveness of prevention programs.

Behavioral Threat Assessment Training: Aligned with the Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines (CSTAG) or the National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) threat assessment model, this is a two-part behavioral threat assessment training program that combines online and in-person (available live or virtual) learning to build the confidence needed to identify and properly intervene when a child is showing signs of a mental health crisis.

Behavioral Threat & Suicide Case Management: This single solution will provide your school’s mental health professionals and behavioral threat assessment team members with evidence-based case management software that allows for continuum of care documentation and analytics reporting to proactively improve outcomes for students of concern.

Navigate360 Offers Holistic Solutions that Support Students, Schools & Communities

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We know it takes more than a single solution to take care of the whole child and the schools and community that surround them, which is why we believe in solutions that work better together. From prevention all the way through response and recovery, we can provide end-to-end solutions that keep your students, teachers and staff safe.

Building a comprehensive safety plan can be a daunting task, but we are here to help. Speak with one of our safety specialists today to learn how you can maximize your safety grants and state funding and build a holistic ecosystem of whole-child safety this year.

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