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Health Enhancement Division

  • Karin Billings, Administrator, Health Enhancement Division, 406.444.0829
  • Tracy Moseman, Director – Coordinated School Health Unit, 406.444.3000
  • Susan Court, Program Specialist – HIV/STD Prevention Education, Health & Physical Education, 406.444.3178
  • Mary Ellen Earnhardt, Education Program Representative – 21st Century Learning Centers, 406.444.3519
  • Amanda Domino, Data Control Specialist – 21st Century Learning Centers, 406.444.1964
  • Kris Minard, Program Specialist - Tobacco Prevention & Education, 406.444.0785
  • Fran Penner-Ray, Director – Traffic Education/Montana DRIVE, 406.444.4396
  • Patti Borneman, Program Specialist – Traffic Education/Montana DRIVE, 406.444.4432
  • Marion Erp, Data Control Specialist – Health Enhancement, Suspension/Expulsion Data Collection, 406.444.1951
  • Leona Wetherall, Administrative Assistant, Coordinated School Health, 406.444.0751

Wellness Policy - Montana Team Nutrition Program

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Please contact the OPI Help Desk at or 406.444.0087

Health Enhancement and Safety Division

The Health Enhancement and Safety Division supports schools and communities through programs designed to promote health, increase safety, and improve nutrition in Montana schools.

This Division provides resources designed to prevent major health problems and health-risk behaviors among youth and to help Montana students reach their full potential.

Montana Standards for Health Enhancement




What's New?

Montana Suicide Awareness and Prevention Training Act
The Montana Suicide Awareness and Prevention Training Act was passed by the Montana Legislature in 2015. The Act directs the Montana Office of Public Instruction to provide training and technical assistance to schools in Montana about youth suicide awareness and prevention training.

October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month and to kick-off the month, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy has planned a webinar for parents and caregivers on Oct. 6th 2-3:30pm EST. Please share this information widely within your agencies and your communities.

Youth Suicide in the US - A Fact Sheet for Schools

Miss the Asthma Management Webinar? Catch it Online.
Announcing: IAQ Training, Expertise and Mentorship Whenever You Want It!
The Indoor Air Quality Master Class Professional Training Webinar Series is available for online streaming.

This meeting will be recorded. The recording and slides will be posted on our website: It may take up to two weeks for the recording to be posted.

Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program


Emergency Planning and Safety

School Emergency Management Summary, Resources, and Contacts Booklet

Montana School Emergency Management Planning Grant Summary
In October, 2014 the US Department of Education awarded Montana’s Office of Public Instruction (OPI) the “School Emergency Management Program” grant. The grant runs from October 1, 2014 through March, 2016. The purpose of this grant is to create comprehensive emergency management trainings, on-line modules, and technical assistance for public and private schools across Montana.

Senate Bill 348 passed during the 2013 state legislature states schools must create a “safety plan” (emergency management plan), have it certified by their board of trustees, and notify the OPI that a plan is in place. This new grant will allow the OPI to bring together entities who have historically assisted schools with these plans including, but not limited to, the Department of Military Affairs-Disaster and Emergency Services, Homeland Security, and the Montana Safe Schools Center. Working together, all of these entities will share their resources and expertise to provide information and training to school districts for developing and enhancing high-quality Emergency Operations Plans.

If you have any questions, please call either Tracy Moseman, Coordinated School Health Unit Director 444.3000, or Amanda Domino, Project Coordinator, 444.1964.

An interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline. The program is designed for children ages 5-17, parents and guardians, educators, and law enforcement. With resources such as videos, games, activity cards, and presentations, NetSmartz entertains while it educates.

On Guard Onlineclear

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
The ASIST workshop is for caregivers who want to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Over one million caregivers have participated in this two-day, highly interactive, practical, practice-oriented workshop.

Montana Behavioral Initiative (MBI)/Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
MBI is a proactive approach in creating behavioral supports and a social culture that establishes social, emotional, and academic success for all students.

Montana Safe Schools Training Center
MSSC is a non-profit organization entirely funded through grants and consultation fees with P/K-12 schools, university collaborations and community agency partnerships. Our fees are negotiable based on the needs and resources of the school as well as appropriate travel costs. In the majority of cases, we are able to partner with schools through existing grants or in future grant seeking.

Montana Schools' Guide to Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Guide to Safe Schools
Early Warning, Timely Response: A Guide to Safe Schools offers research-based practices designed to assist school communities identify these warning signs early and develop prevention, intervention and crisis response plans.

Peaceful Playgrounds
Offers resources to create and implement a positive school playground environment to prevent physical violence.

REMS Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operational Plans 2013

Safe Start Center Toolkit for Schools
Safe Start Center's Toolkit for Schools is a collection of resources for school administrators and teachers to learn more about the prevalence and negative consequences of children's exposure to violence and how they can help.

Take 25 Campaign Encourages Children's Safety
The Take 25 Campaign encourages parents, educators, and communities to take 25 minutes to talk to children about ways to stay safe, focuses on prevention, and provides FREE tools and resources to help initiate an ongoing dialogue about safety with the children in your community.

The Good Behavior Game
Invented by a 4th grade teacher, Muriel Saunders, from Baldwin, KS in 1967, the Good Behavior Game is unique in the scientific literature, in that it can be adopted by an individual teacher, and produce lifetime results in reducing mental illness and substance abuse—while increasing high school graduation and college entry.

U.S. Department of Education Office of Safe and Healthy Students Center for School Preparedness
Provides support, resources, grants and training to support emergency management efforts for local educational agencies and institutions of higher education.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – Disaster Response Template Toolkit Includes Customizable Resources –Behavioral Health Information Series contains themed installments of resources and toolkits in disaster behavioral health.  Each installment focuses on a specific population, disaster type, or other topic pertinent to disaster behavioral health preparedness, response, and recovery.  To download and learn more about DBHIS resources visit DBHIS Templates and DBHIS resources.

Ready Montana is an initiative of the Governor’s Office of Community Service that seeks to increase the preparedness of Montana families, neighborhoods, and communities for disasters and emergencies of all types.  Resources for the classroom are available. Discover how you can help to prepare your students, family, and community by visiting


Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services

Health Care Needs

CDC provides information about the current influenza season, including information about vaccines, vaccination recommendations and disease activity.

How to Clean and Disinfect Schools to Help Slow the Spread of Flu . This guide gives K–12 schools tips on how to clean to help slow the spread of seasonal flu. A Spanish version is also available.
This message was forwarded by the Division of Adolescent and School Health, NCCDPHP, CDC. Visit the DASH Web site

Resources on the Measles Virus for Schools, Students, Staff and Families
The Office of Public Instruction has compiled a resource page from the Centers for Disease Control and other sources, on the measles outbreak. The page contains links to a variety of sources providing information on the disease itself, vaccination protocol, prevention practices, emergency plans for schools, and training in the event a school is hit with a massive disease event.

From the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Dept of Education: OCR published a fact sheet in March, 2015 entitled “Addressing the Risk of Measles in Schools while Protecting the Civil Rights of Students with Disabilities" The fact sheet addresses how school officials can implement measles recommendations and resources. from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention without discriminating on the basis of disability, particularly in the case of students who are medically unable to receive a vaccine because of a disability, and explains what school officials must do to ensure a continuity of learning if a student is legitimately excluded from school. In addition, yesterday Secretary of Education Arne Duncan sent a letterand a resources sheetto school superintendents sharing valuable information related to measles, including steps schools can take to raise awareness of measles and measles vaccination policies and best practices that schools can implement to address the spread of infectious disease. Both of these documents and additional resources on measles can be found at HERE.


HIV/AIDS/STD Education


The program is designed to prevent the spread of HIV infection, and to expand and strengthen the capacity of local education agencies to plan, implement and evaluate the effectiveness of health education, including HIV/STD education.

Program priorities are:

  • Policy - Promote LEA adoption of HIV/STD policies consistent with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.
  • Curriculum - Assist LEAs in developing, strengthening and implementing planned, sequential, skills-based comprehensive school health curricula intended to prevent behaviors that will result in HIV/STD infection. Curricula should conform to accepted practice guidelines and have credible evidence of effectiveness in impacting the behaviors that place young people at risk of HIV infection.
  • Teacher Training - Provide staff development for teachers to acquire the skills they need for effectively delivering skills-based health education curriculum.
  • Classroom Implementation - Work toward the effective delivery of HIV/STD curricula and the integration of HIV/STD prevention education within the context of coordinated school health education in the classroom.
  • Efforts Targeting Youth in High-Risk Situations - Develop the capacity for schools, alternative schools and other agencies to provide education for preventing important health-risk behaviors among indigent youth, minority youth, youth with special education needs and other youth in high-risk situations, including staff development for those who work with youth in high-risk situations.
  • Involvement of Young People - Involve youth in planning, implementing and evaluating HIV/STD prevention efforts to help assure that program efforts address the needs of youth.
  • Data Collection - Conduct surveys to establish the health risk behaviors of youth, and to determine the implementation level of coordinated school health education.
  • Evaluation - Assess the work plan for school-based HIV prevention education at regular intervals.
  • Resources on the Bully Free Montanawebpage include: model policies and procedures for schools, sample investigation and reporting forms, actions students can take if they are being bullied or cyber-bullied, tips for parents to help them recognize bullying and ways schools can assess the effectiveness of their bullying prevention and intervention efforts. Go to to check out the resources.
  • LGBT Health
  • Stop Cyberbullying


The Office of Public Instruction's HIV/AIDS Teacher Trainings are FREE 5-6 hour educational opportunities for K-12 teachers, administrators and school staff. The training is often scheduled as a PIR day by the professional development committee in your school. The trainings are offered for renewal units toward education re-licensure.

A training will include an HIV/AIDS "101," Policy for Infected Students/Staff, Education and Work Site Safety issues, Blood borne Pathogen and Universal Precaution guidelines, Human Sexuality, Reasons for Abstinence and Age-Appropriate HIV/AIDS/STD Teaching Strategies for use within a K-12 comprehensive school health program.

If you would like to arrange a training at your school please contact Susan Court at 406-444-3178 or


Professional Learning & Resources

Health enhancement strengthens the capacity of local school districts to plan, design, implement, and evaluate health and physical education, also assisting with the review of accreditation standards at the local district level, and development of teacher preparation standards in Montana's higher education system.

Curricula, Activities, and Toolkits

Health Enhancement Resources

Health Enhancement Standards


  • Montana Prevention Needs Assessment Survey
    The Montana Prevention Needs Assessment Survey focuses on four domains:  community, family, school and individual/peer.  The survey is designed to assess adolescent substance use, antisocial behavior, and the risk and protective factors that predict these adolescent problem behaviors.
  • Montana County Health Assessment Reports
    Extensive data on demographics, health status indicators and health resource assessments for each county.



School Health Profiles

The School Health Profiles helps state and district education and health agencies monitor the current status of school health education; school health policies related to HIV infection/AIDS, tobacco use prevention, unintentional injuries and violence, physical activity, and food service; physical education; asthma management activities; and family and community involvement in school health programs. State and local education and health agencies conduct the survey biennially at the middle/junior high school and senior high school levels in their states or districts, respectively.

Substance Abuse Prevention

Alcohol Can Lead to Increased Risk for Injury
Alcohol use puts people at risk for sustaining an injury, from motor vehicle crashes (MVCs), falls, firearm injuries, and violence and suicide. Furthermore, the more alcohol consumed, the greater the risk of injury.

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) National Coalition Institute.
As a vehicle for coalition training, technical assistance, evaluation, research and capacity building, CADCA's National Coalition Institute works continually to help America's community anti-drug coalitions get smarter faster. CADCA administers the Institute with a grant through the Drug-Free Communities Support Act. , they have published Prescription for Disaster: How Teens Abuse Medicine , which lists steps parents can take to keep their teens drug free.

Above The Influence (Office of National Drug Control Policy – ONDCP)
It's a state of mind. It's about being yourself and not letting negative influence get to you. Pressure to drink, do drugs or do anything that goes against who you are in order to fit in—that's negative influence. And if you're one of the teens who want to stay above it, you've come to the right spot.

Montana Department of Justice – Prescription Drug Abuse – Invisible Epidemic
Montana's deadliest drugs aren't made in secret labs and they don't always come from dealers on the corner. They're in our own medicine cabinets. Each year, prescription drug abuse contributes to the deaths of more than 300 Montanans – making prescription drug abuse 15 times more deadly than meth, heroin and cocaine combined.

Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services

Montana Prevention Resource Center
A comprehensive website providing information on local, state and federal prevention agencies; prevention websites, children's advocacy organizations, organizations focused on special education, professional organizations pertaining to children, organizations focused on suicide prevention, and more.

ParentPower MT Parent Power: The Power to Prevent Underage Alcohol Use
This site provides parents with information and tools to help them have open and ongoing conversations with their preteen and teen children about the dangers of underage alcohol use. The site also includes information about "risk factors" that increase children's risk of using alcohol.

Project SUCCESS (Schools Using Coordinated Community Efforts to Strengthen Students)
is designed to prevent and reduce substance use among students 12 to 18 years of age. The program was originally developed for students attending alternative high schools who are at high risk for substance use and abuse due to poor academic performance, truancy, discipline problems, negative attitudes toward school, and parental substance abuse.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
SAMHSA is a federal agency whose mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on American's communities. SAMHSA administers a combination of competitive, formula and block grant programs and data collection activities. The website provides comprehensive information on prevention of substance abuse and mental illness, trauma, health reform, recovery support in relation to behavioral illness, and more.

The Drug Guide
The Drug Guide is a comprehensive and up-to-date source of drug information, including drug descriptions, slang terms, short term- and long term- effects, images, federal classifications and more.

The Partnership at Drugfree
The website provides everything a parent might need to know concerning teens and drugs. It includes information on the drugs themselves, on signs and symptoms of drug use, it provides parenting advice, and a host of resources for parents of teens

The Medicine Abuse ProjectIncludes FREE Educator Resources including brochures, posters, a curriculum and more.

Youth Substance Abuse and Violence Assessment Report October 2011
This report examines key findings relative to school environment and student behavior regarding substance abuse, bullying and safety.

Tobacco Use Prevention and Education


Tobacco Use No Tobacco

The Montana Office of Public Instruction School Tobacco Use Prevention and Education program provides technical assistance and resources to Montana school districts through coordination with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.

The purpose of the program is to:

  • Expand and strengthen the capacity of local education agencies to prevent and reduce youth tobacco use in coordination with the Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program.
  • Provide technical assistance to public schools by promoting compliance of the Montana Clean Indoor Air Act and in the development of comprehensive tobacco free school policies.

Kris Minard, Program Specialist - Tobacco Prevention & Education, 406.444.0785
Tracy Moseman, Director – Coordinated School Health Unit, 406.444.3000

Media Literacy (To download the following information please go to OPI's main website Subscribe on ITunes) iTunes U
Introduction to Media Literacy
Discussion Guides 101, 2, 3, & 4
Media Examples 1, 2, 3, & 4

Introduction to Media Literacy

Prezi created by Rob Reynolds, Technology & Learning Coordinator, Eureka Public Schools Download Media Literacy Kits from their toolbox

Trinkets and Trash

Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program (MTUPP)

National Centers for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (CDC)

Other Resources

American Cancer Society

American Heart Association

American Legacy Foundation

American Lung Association

Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids

Kick Butts Day

Montana Tobacco Quit Line

My Last Dip offers programs to help chewing tobacco users quit, including one specially designed for chewers age 14-25.

National Spit Tobacco Education Network (NSTEP), Oral Health America's National Spit Tobacco Education Program, has both print and video materials available on the dangers of spit tobacco.

Tar Wars
Supported by the American Academy of Family Physicians, targets fourth- and fifth-graders with an award-winning education program and poster contest. Classroom presentations and program guides are available for teachers and presenters, as well as posters and merchandise.

Through With Chew

Tobacco Free U, from the BACCHUS Network, provides resources and information for college students working on tobacco prevention and policies.

Tobacco News and Information

World Health Organization