Management in Community Context: The Critical Next Step in the Threat Assessment Process

Management in Community Context: The Critical Next Step in the Threat Assessment Process
Duration: 60 Minutes
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Recorded on: 2023-08-22
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Research has revealed insights on averted school attacks, and one of the most notable components is the community. The community plays a role in both shaping the individuals that turn to become attackers as well as providing the resources to prevent and intervene in acts of violence. Prevent 2 Protect: The Adolescent Targeted Violence Prevention Project acknowledges this and utilizes evidence-based approach to make effective and long-lasting changes in Michigan communities.

Leading the discussion are Dr. Alyse Folino Ley, who is appointed by Governor Whitmer to serve on the Michigan to the School Safety and Mental Health Commission; and Frank Staub, the Senior Director of Violence Prevention Research and Programs at Safe and Sound Schools.

Specifics of their discussion include:

  • The rapid changes that happens during adolescence that involve identity formation, peer relationships, sexual attraction, hormonal shifts, cognitive development, and physical and behavioral changes.
  • What happens in the brain during this period which impact learning efficiency and behavior and how substance abuse can hinder these.
  • Behavioral changes in adolescents and the respective neurodevelopmental changes driving these.
  • What Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are and how these can have long-lasting impacts on education, career, health, and propensity for violence.
  • How mentorship can mitigate the effects of ACEs and positively influence at-risk individuals.
  • How adolescents lacking in the elements of community, competence, contribution, and companionship become vulnerable to targeted violence perpetration.
  • The complex challenge posed by school violence to different community stakeholders.
  • The Averted School Violence (ASV) database: What it is and how studying averted attacks provides insights into preventing youth violence.
  • The characteristics of communities where targeted violence are planned and the demographics and traits of school violence attackers.
  • The need for a cross-disciplinary collaboration to bridge gaps between education, mental health, and other services to effectively intervene with high-risk, high-need adolescents.
  • Lessons learned and recommendations from the Sandy Hook and Marjory Stoneman Douglas incidents that emphasize the value of accessible mental health expertise, sustained interventions, and cohesive information exchange.
  • Creating an innovative, holistic and multi-disciplinary approach that highlights early identification and treatment that addresses substance use disorders, ACEs, hopelessness and gaps in terms of connection, companionship, competence and contributions.
  • The Prevent 2 Protect Project
    • Its vision of developing innovative strategies to identify the high-risk high-need adolescents and prevent attacks.
    • The populations that the project aim to serve simultaneously and the four pillars of the initiative.
    • The support services made available through the Hub and the Regional Intensive Support Teams to provide the expertise and resources to effectively support at-risk individuals.

Points raised during the Q&A are about:

  • Continuing support for the violence-involved youth when they become adults.
  • Why small to mid-size suburban schools are often targeted in attacks.
  • Whether an adolescent’s brain can recover upon ceasing drug use and the factors influencing the recovery process.
  • How an individual’s ACE score may increase their likelihood of targeting a school for violence.
  • The involvement of law enforcement in threat assessment teams.



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Audience Comments

  • “Outstanding guidance on behavioral health for identifying and preventing mass school violence.” — Travis
  • “Just enjoyed the new information on the statistics.” — Kaitlynn
  • “Learning about the resources and how to identify any of the issues.” — KRISTI
  • “The discussion of TAT in schools is so new, to hear there are boots on the ground researching outcomes is great news.” — Heather




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Prevent 2 Protect is a collaborative effort by Michigan State University’s Department of Psychiatry and Safe and Sound Schools aims to prevent middle school and high school students from engaging in acts of targeted school violence. This program is a 5-year pilot, funded by the State of Michigan and provides intensive case management and mentoring to high-risk/high-need adolescents across five communities throughout the state. One of the primary goals of Prevent 2 Protect is to keep high-risk/high-needs adolescents from falling into the gaps between education, mental health, and juvenile justice systems by supporting them and their caregivers longitudinally.    


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