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News Brief

02/24/11

CCSSO Supports Efforts to Aid Students Affected by the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

CCSSO and the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) are supporting efforts led by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to provide school districts in Gulf Coast states with mental health resources as a result of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Resources made available for schools by SAMHSA include:

  • The Oil Distress Website, which provides a range of materials to help individuals, families, schools, and mental health/healthcare workers cope with the stress from the oil spill disaster.
  • The Oil Spill Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, which provides immediate mental health assistance and/or referrals. Callers will be connected with trained staff from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
  • A Resource Kit for schools that offers tools and materials that schools can use immediately. To learn more about these resources, click here.

CCSSO encourages chief state school officers in the four Gulf Coast states to inform school administrators and staff about these resources to ensure that any student struggling with mental health issues as a result of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill receive the support they need.