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Threat Assessment

Threat Assessment Training (2022-2023)

HB 123 Requirements
Ohio's 133rd General Assembly enacted House Bill 123, the "Safety and Violence Education Students (SAVE Students) Act,"  "Safety and Violence Education Students (SAVE Students) Act," regarding school security and youth suicide awareness education and training. The state legislation calls for a comprehensive approach to school safety involving the Ohio Department of Education, Public Safety, Mental Health and Addiction Services, and the Attorney General’s Office.

HB 123 requires each local, city, exempted village, and joint vocational school district to create a threat assessment team for each school building in the district serving grades six through twelve. Each team shall be multidisciplinary, when possible, and may include school administrators, mental health professionals, school resource officers, and other necessary personnel. The goal of these teams is to prevent violence and resolve conflicts that underlie threatening behavior. Each district will receive a CSTAG manual and certificate fulfilling the threat assessment requirement in HB123. 

Please note, if a school building has a similarly constituted safety team, that team also may serve as the threat assessment team, provided that the team and each member comply with the requirements of this legislation.

The deadline to implement these teams is March 24, 2023.
Training & Completion Certificates
In partnership with the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) and other educational service centers throughout the state, the ESC of NEO and Ohio Schools Council is offering FREE threat assessment training to assist schools in meeting the requirements of the HB123/SAVE Students Act.

Who Should Attend

District Teams Should Attend:
  • Approximately 3 district-level staff to be trained - those associated with safety
  • Approximately 3 building-level staff for each elementary building (administrator(s), mental health support like psych or counselors, SRO, other)
  • Approximately 3-5 building-level staff for each junior/high school (administrator(s), mental health, SRO, etc.)

Learn More about CSTAG Training Guidelines

The Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines (CSTAG), developed in 2001 and known as the Virginia Student Threat Assessment Guidelines until 2018, is an evidence-based model for schools to use in conducting threat assessments of students. For information about workshops on threat assessment with Dr. Cornell, go to this website. 

Upcoming Trainings & Registration

Wednesday, March 22, 2023
     ESC of Northeast Ohio
     8:30am - 4:30pm

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

ESC of Northeast Ohio

8:30am - 4:30pm

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

ESC of Northeast Ohio

8:30am - 4:30pm

Monday, May 15, 2023

ESC of Northeast Ohio

8:30am - 4:30pm

Tuesday, June 20, 2023

ESC of Northeast Ohio

8:30am - 4:30pm

Training Requirements

Upon appointment and once every three years thereafter, each team member shall complete an approved threat assessment training program from the approved list.

If members of the team have completed a training program any time after March 24, 2019, that was later approved by the OSSC, this can qualify as the initial training required under this legislation. Any new members of the team are required to complete an approved training program upon appointment.
Denise Pietrzak, MSSA, LISW-S
Student Wellness Coordinator/System Navigator
ESC of Northeast Ohio
[email protected] 
216-525-2524 (Office)
216-524-3683 (Fax)