Temple: School district implements mental health initiative

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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) The Temple ISD has implemented a threat assessment model adopted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

DHS released the model in July.

It shows how to identify students who are at risk of engaging in violent behavior or activities in and out of school.

Assistant Superintendent Eric Haugeberg, says the district is working with local mental health professionals to offer interventions for students in need of mental support.

“With help from the parent, they help identify the various resources in the community in order to provide support for the student,” he said Thursday.

The district does not directly provide help for students seeking mental screenings, but can refer them to a professional outside the district.

“We have always had this support system in place it’s continually being refined and as other community resources become available we include that as options for our parents and students,” Haugeberg said.