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Tucson LINKS: About

About Tucson LINKS

What is Tucson LINKS?

  • LINKS is a comprehensive community-wide partnership designed to increase student achievement by removing barriers to learning, such as substance abuse and violence.
  • LINKS is resiliency-based, focused on enhancing environments and providing services that facilitate the ability of families, children and school personnel to overcome the obstacles they face.
  • LINKS is a Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative funded by the U.S. Departments of Education, Health, and Human Services, and Justice.

Whom does Tucson LINKS serve?

  • LINKS will serve 55 elementary schools in five local school districts, as well as children ages 0-5 in those same districts.
  • LINKS will focus on early prevention and intervention, based on research that shows long-term effectiveness in preventing later problems.

Who are the Partners?

  • Five local school districts
  • Pima County Attorney's Office and local law enforcement agencies
  • Community Partnership of Southern Arizona (CPSA)
  • Metropolitan Education Commission (MEC)
  • Tucson Resiliency Initiative (TRI)
  • University of Arizona
  • Medical Providers
  • Evaluators
  • Communications and social marketing specialists
  • Tucson community

What does Tucson LINKS address?

  • Safe school environment and policies
  • Educational reform
  • Alcohol and other drugs and violence prevention and early intervention
  • School and community mental health preventative and treatment services
  • Early childhood psychosocial and emotional development

What does Tucson LINKS provide?

  • Training for staff, parents and community members
  • Technical support, coaching and follow-up
  • Behavioral health services for children and families
  • Primary medical care
  • Community Justice Boards
  • Financial support for schools to meet identified needs such as specialized training, after-school programs, or purchase of evidence-based curriculum
  • Social marketing and communications campaign to support school efforts
  • Ongoing evaluation

What are the expected outcomes?

  • Increased evidence of protective factors in our community
  • Improved attendance
  • Reduction in disruptive behaviors, substance abuse and violence
  • Increased student achievement

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