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Youth in Psychiatric Crisis at School

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Situation Description

The purpose of this children crisis protocol is to establish the procedures for collaboration between Children and Adolescent Mobile Psychiatric Services (ChAMPS), District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), DC Public Charter Schools and to clarify the roles and responsibilities of all entities.

This protocol is intended to create and foster a proactive approach to potential crises. It prepares school in a coordinated way to manage all possible impact of destabilizing occurrences. What makes this protocol especially valuable is that it can be applied and adapted to the particular culture and organizational structure of on any school in the District of Columbia.

This protocol includes procedures and resources which serve as a guide to schools as they address multiple crisis situations.