Center for Education in Mass Violence and Suicide

Targeted Violence and Suicide Resources

 What is Behavioral Threat Assessment and Why is it Important?

 

Behavioral threat assessment is NOT profiling. Rather, it is best practice through applying what we know from research conducted by the FBI, Secret Service, USDOE, and other experts in effort to prevent incidents of targeted violence. Many school shooters possess similar social, school, family, and personality dynamics while workplace shooters possess some of the same traits in addition to a different set of precipitating factors. Relevant questions take all four areas into account. We cannot prevent every mass shooting through threat assessment, but we have to start here. Key questions examine the individual’s goals; possible target(s); talk/posting about shooting others; interest in previous shooters; fantasizing, planning, or preparing; hopelessness and, of course, bullying and alienation.

In a threat assessment plan I created for the Oregon City School District in Oregon, OH, there is one counselor and one school resource officer in each building assigned to assist the concerned student, teacher, or staff member in completing the questionnaire. Information is then brought to a committee, which consists of counselors, SROs, an outside mental health representative, a principal, and other key individuals. Together, they assess the information and determine if there is no threat, or a low, medium, high, or imminent threat. Too often we work in ‘silos’ in fear of FERPA or HIPAA. However, Sandy Hook was a game changer. In January 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services released a statement regarding HIPAA. Specifically, mental health providers were encouraged to share information about an individual’s mental health if they feels the individual poses a serious threat to the health or safety of others.

- DR. LISA, PESCARA-KOVACH

 


SUICIDAL? CALL YOUR NEAREST 9-1-1 OR THE NATIONAL SUICIDE HOTLINE (800)-273-TALK (8255)

The University of Toledo Center for Education in Targeted Violence and Suicide supports the perspective that the optimal approach to addressing suicide is through a holistic approach. Specifically, we are dedicated to prevention, intervention, response and recovery. Prevention involves best practice in educating students, faculty, and staff on the warning signs that an individual is at risk of suicide. Intervention involves the response to the at-risk individual. Once identified as at-risk, members of the center ensure confidentiality and work with the individual and his/her family in effort to lessen the likelihood of suicide. In cases in which a suicide occurs at a school, university, or workplace, the members are available to guide the administration through the response. Proper response is of the utmost importance, as it lessens the likelihood of confusion and possible cluster suicides. Also part of the response process is working with the district, university, or workplace in helping lessen the psychological and productivity impact.



LOCAL SUICIDE RESOURCES


National Alliance for Mental Illness of Greater Toledo
Robin Isenberg, Executive Director
NAMI of Greater Toledo
2753 West Central Ave.
Toledo, Ohio  43606
419-243-1119
risenberg@namitoledo.org
www.namitoledo.org

Lucas County Suicide Prevention Coalition
Bev Bahret, Board President
LCSPC
2753 West Central Avenue
Toledo, Ohio 43606
lcsuicideprevention@gmail.com

 

Step Up. Stop Suicide 

Facebook  Instagram

*For a list of trained suicide speakers, contact lisa.kovach@utoledo.edu 

 

Prevention and Intervention RESOURCES


Behavioral Threat Assessment - K through 12, college/university, workplace
Lisa Pescara-Kovach, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Education in Targeted Violence and Suicide
lisa.kovach@utoledo.edu
419.530.2048

active response RESOURCES


Implementing ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate)
in K-12 Schools
Sara Shaw
School Resource Officer/Police Officer City of Oregon Police Department
sshaw@oregoncs.org  
419.698.7186

Implementing ALICE in College/University Settings
Rodney Theis
Deputy Chief of Police, The University of Toledo
rodney.theis@utoledo.edu
419.530.4448

 

Terrorist/Criminal Attack Survival Skills AND Partnering Rural Law Enforcement, School Systems, and First Responders in Crisis Management
Mike Webber
AWR 148 Crisis Management for School Based Incidents through FEMA
Webber@findlay.edu

 

Recovery


Addressing Post-traumatic Stress, Depression,
and Suicide in Law Enforcement 
Rick Neeley
rickn.resurrectedhonor@gmail.com
419.509.2631

Preparing School Districts and Workplaces to Address the Mental Health Needs of Survivors of Targeted Violence
Lisa Pescara-Kovach, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Education in Targeted Violence and Suicide
lisa.kovach@utoledo.edu
419.530.2048


 

 

Helpful Apps for your iphone or android device


RUOK LCSP - This app was developed by the Lucas County Suicide Program to connect citizens of Lucas County with suicide prevention information.


iOS - Android

Suicide Safe - Suicide Safe, SAMHSA's new suicide prevention app for mobile devices and optimized for tablets, helps providers integrate suicide prevention strategies into their practice and address suicide risk among their patients. 

iOS - Android

 

 

Last Updated: 7/31/19