A five-year study found that the Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) initiative reduced school violence and substance use, and increased the use of mental health services.
Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) underwent a five-year evaluation that was released in 2013. Evaluators reviewed grantee performance reports, public information and census data, and a collection of annual outcome data, as required by the Government Performance Results Act. Evaluators also conducted interviews and surveys with grant project directors and their partner organizations.
Results of the Evaluation
The evaluation found that SS/HS achieved its promise of making schools and students safer.
- Fewer students reported that they had experienced violence (7% decrease since grant award).
- Fewer students reported that they had witnessed violence (4% decrease).
- There was a 263% increase in the number of students who received school-based mental health services, and a 519% increase in those receiving community-based services.
Further, reports from school staff were positive with:
- More than 95% experiencing improved safety
- More than 90% experiencing reduced violence on campus
- Nearly 90% improving their detection of mental health problems among students
- Almost 80% observing reduced alcohol and other drug use
- Nearly 80% seeing reduced violence in their community
Learn more from the evaluation report: Findings from the National Evaluation of the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative: Program Overview and Update – 2013.