Trauma-Informed Schools

Pursuant to Missouri Senate Bill 638, Section 161.1050, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary (DESE) has established the Trauma-Informed School initiative.

Trauma-Informed Schools are that schools that meet the following criteria:

  • Realize the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma in students, teachers, and staff.
  • Responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practice.
  • Seeks to actively reset re-traumatization

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Behavioral Health Crisis / Compass Health Hotline: 1-800-833-3915
Child Abuse / Neglect Hotline: 1-800-392-3738

More info regarding the Trauma-Informed School initiative can be found here: dese.mo.gov/traumainformed