Government officials in health, education, and criminal justice have participated in a multi-state meeting convening around child well-being and school safety. The two-day gathering in Minnesota was sponsored by the National Governor’s Association.
Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Deputy Secretary Kristi Putnam said reaching young people before they commit a violent act is always the focus. “When we identify that there’s a need for some services and some interventions and then there’s the risk of threat at a higher level. What kinds of support interventions can we make sure are evident and are available in every school setting across our state,” said Putnam.
One West Virginia program called “Handle With Care” was highlighted during the St. Paul conference. Putnam says that’s when school administrators and teachers are alerted when a child attends school immediately following an interaction at home with law enforcement. Putnam said that might involve domestic violence situations.
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