||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
- 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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