Suicide Prevention Building Plan
Building: Billy Mills Middle School
Mental Health Team Members:
- School Counselors (Kristen Kircher – 330-2497, Rebecca Byers – 330-1870)
- School Social Workers (Sunny Pippert – 330-1756)
- School Psychologist (Steven Bolin - 330- 2108)
- School Nurse (Jodi Kennedy – 330-1754)
- Principal (Dr. Andrew Taylor 330-4489)
- Assistant Principal (Dr. Carissa Miles – 330-1800)
- WRAP Specialist (Rose Murray – 330-4574)
Describe how staff will make referrals (who and where):
Staff will contact a member of the mental health team immediately if they have a concern regarding the potential suicidal ideation of a student. If for an unforeseen reason the Mental Health staff members are not available, SMS staff will contact a building administrator to make a referral. The administrator will assess the situation and pull in the mental health team staff ASAP. If a building administrator is unavailable, a district administrator should be contacted (SMS office staff can assist with initial contact). The building administrator and mental health team member(s) will be contacted ASAP.
Ensuring the safety of the student is imperative and someone should be with that student at all times. Although referral may initially be made verbally, staff members are expected to follow up with an email to the mental health team member. The email needs to contain all relevant information discussed verbally. Due to the itinerant nature of the team, the team member handling the referral will notify the entire team of the situation.
Who are referrals made to? Any available member of the mental health team
Who contacts the administrator and how? The team member who took the referral has the responsibility to notify the building administrator. In the event the Building Administrator cannot be contacted, the Mental Health team member will contact the District Mental Health Facilitator or District Administrator on call.
In case no BMMS MHT member can be reached, call:
- Jose Cornejo at ESDC 330-2130
- Administrator in Charge 218-4970
Recognizing Suicide Ideation (the list of suicidal ideation signs/symptoms is not inclusive of all potential signs/symptoms):
Talking about suicide, related drawings, social media postings
Past suicide attempts and presenting concerning behaviors
Engaging in self-harm behaviors (cutting, burning, etc.)
A strong reaction to a recent loss (break-up, deaths, etc.)
Familial or environmental stressors
Sudden changes in behavior, personality, friends
Drug and alcohol use and abuse
Depression/Depressed or other mood disorders
Giving away possessions
Feelings of hopelessness
Feelings of rejection
Deteriorating school function
Pressure to achieve
High degree of self-criticism
Victim of bullying/harassment
Lack of emotion
Describe how the mental health team/professional will follow up with parents, agencies, administrator, and staff once the referral is made:
Following a meeting with the student, available team members will discuss the situation and decide upon the necessary course of action regarding follow-up with parents. Parents will always be notified of the referral; however, this notification may be made by phone if the team determines there is no imminent risk. If an imminent risk is determined to be a factor, the team member who took the referral and the building administrator (if available) will meet in person with the parent(s)/guardian regarding the concern. The child will not be allowed to leave the building until they have been released to the care of the parent or guardian and the seriousness of the situation has been expressed by the mental health team member(s). The parent/guardian will also receive crisis intervention contact information regarding suicidal risk assessment and support available 24/7. This information is located in a district-provided “blue book”. Parents will sign a statement verifying they have received the information and have been conferenced with by a member of the mental health team.
Safety procedures for the student (when needed): Staff will not leave the student alone!
Students at risk will be supervised at all times. This supervision may include regular classroom supervision or specialized one-to-one supervision if deemed necessary. Students deemed to be at imminent risk will not be allowed to leave the campus until released to the care of a parent or guardian. If the student chooses to leave the building without their parent/guardian, the police will be notified to ensure the child’s safety. If a parent refuses to come to get the child or fails to do so in a reasonable amount of time following the end of the school day, the school’s SRO may be contacted for assistance.
Student Return to School:
The School Counselor, School Social Worker or designated member of the Mental Health Team will contact parents or legal guardian to offer a Reintegration Plan meeting with the student and parents/guardian to develop a safety plan to assist with the student's return to school. Refer to the district; Reintegration Plan and worksheet.
Crisis Recovery Plan:
The Building Administrator will contact the District Crisis Response Team to assist with the crisis and assist with developing a plan to disseminate information, provide counseling/support for individual, groups, or classrooms, address memorialization’s, facilitate activities to build resiliency, contact community agencies for additional support, if needed, help identify other at-risk students, and address contagion or cluster concerns.