School-based Violence Prevention Education Services

2018-19 VPE Operations Manual Revised 4.15.19.pdf

Anti-bullying - provides educational trainings and school wide assemblies to public and private elementary, middle, and high school students in Orange County. These programs provide support to create a safe campus by educating students and staff on how they can be leaders, and make a change to stop bullying in schools. In addition, parent trainings are provided on campus to inform parents of the latest trends and websites their students are being exposed to; and how they can prevent their children from cyber bullying. For more information contact, Danny Carrillo at

Crisis Response Network (CRN) - was developed to support school communities in crisis preparedness, response, and recovery efforts. CRN is a network of trained crisis responders ready to support school communities upon request. This mobilized team employs the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) model to support the emotional recovery of students and staff. This structured process allows school communities to achieve a healthy recovery from traumatic events. Pre-incident and crisis management trainings are available at no cost to Orange County schools and community-based personnel. For more information contact, Mimi Marrocco at 

Digital Citizenship - provides training and presentations that are designed to promote a safe school environment by increasing knowledge and attitude on reducing Bullying and Cyber Bullying, This is done by providing resources to educate school staff and parents/caretakers on identifying, stopping and preventing bullying and cyber bullying, and by raising student awareness. Trainings and presentations are available at no cost to public and private schools, staff, students, and parents in Orange County. For more information, contact Danny Carrillo at 

Evaluation, Assessment, and Data Center (EADC) - The mission of OCDE’s Evaluation, Assessment, and Data Center (EADC) is to assist schools and programs to increase student achievement by acting as a data, information, and education policy hub primarily by providing accurate and relevant assessment, evaluation, and accountability needs with honesty, integrity, and efficiency. We offer a variety of services including student achievement reporting, testing and accountability results, county networks, program evaluation and determining program impacts, survey development, data collection, and technological assistance. Our staff includes specialists in quantitative and qualitative methods, educational research, assessment, and state and federal accountability. School-based Mental Health Services Evaluation Plan Evaluation of OCDE’s PEI School-based Violence Prevention Education Services will be performed by OCDE’s Evaluation, Assessment, and Data Center (EADC). This entity is an external evaluator using the United States Department of Education’s definition of having no managerial or implementation responsibilities for the program. The evaluation will include both formative and summative elements. Reports from the formative evaluation will be used to inform program stakeholders of strengths, challenges, and recommended modifications. Summative evaluation data will be collected and reported to program staff and to the Orange County Health Care Agency. Evaluation tools and methods for the OCDE’s VPE School-Based Services will be culturally appropriate for use with all students and families.  

The OC Safe from the Start (OCSFTS) - is a public health campaign that provides strategies to assist communities in reducing the impact of violence on children and adolescents by educating parents, educators, nurses, social workers, counselors, and community members. The strategies support a decrease in the number of youth who are exposed to violence, who may suffer from behavioral or cognitive difficulties, and symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Content is research-based with a focus on how exposure to violence impacts brain development. Most importantly, a message of HOPE is delivered through understanding brain development and learning how the brain can be rewired and healed. Presentations and materials are available in multiple languages (English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, and Farsi). For more information, contact Victoria Johnson at

Restorative Practice – offers a trauma-informed, research-based approach when dealing with youth who have been exposed to violence and varying degrees of trauma. Trainings provided through Restorative Practices promote resiliency in youth, families, adults, and communties by preparing school site staff to implement evidence-based curriculum on their campus for students to examine cultural expectations in a safe and supportive setting through the circle process. Circles improve community building, promote healthy relationships, and help create calmer, more focused classrooms. Teachers who use these methods often find the overall portion of time dedicated to managing behavior is reduced, freeeing up more instructional time. For further information, contact Krystel Miranda at

Threat Assessment – provides a comprehensive three-part component to include a Proactive Threat Assessment Training, Threat Simulation Drills, and Community Forums throughout Orange County. The Threat Assessment Training curriculum focuses on training school administrators, school resource officers, psychologists, social workers, counselors, and all other school staff on assessing threat and response tactics. This training builds a custom curriculum to give staff realistic and positive response to an emergency. For further information, contact Christine Laehle at