Service and Innovation Through Partnership.

Regional Crisis Team

The Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES Regional Crisis Intervention Team is composed of representatives from all 18 of our component districts, community and private agencies and groups and hospitals. It is coordinated by Jeanne B. Gold, Ph. D., Coordinator of the Guidance & Child Study Center, P/NW BOCES. We have representation from Four Winds Hospital, Arms Acres, The Mental Health Association of Westchester County, Family Service of Westchester, The Emergency Crisis Team of Putnam County, The Red Cross, The Bereavement Center, and BCL Solutions. Our goal is to provide: direct counseling to staff and students from our list of school and agency personnel(psychologists, social workers, counselors), and/or consultation and support for district staff as they plan and carry out their district’s crisis response.

Meetings of the group are held on a regular basis. Participants develop skills needed for regional crisis response such as Critical Incident Stress Debriefing, Grief Counseling and Emergency Team Training. Members share experiences and are of great support for each other. This year our BOCES has been awarded Emergency Response and Crisis Grant from the federal government in the amount of $480,000. The grant is directed at improving safety plans in school districts, providing safety assessments, providing emergency response training, staff safety-related trainings, coordinating drill opportunities. Through this grant we arranged for members of our Regional Crisis Intervention Team to participate in a weeklong Basic Crisis Response Training. through NOVA, the National Organization for Victim Assistance from June 28-July 2, 2004