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Prevention & Intervention

Welcome to the NWCSD Prevention and Intervention Department! 

The Prevention and Intervention Department oversees the development and implementation of comprehensive, evidence-based prevention and intervention initiatives within our district.  In other words, creating and putting into action plans that help prevent and address problems in our district.

These initiatives include vital support for classroom teachers in student behavior management including, school counseling, school crisis training and response, and restorative practices.  Our department also works closely with our community partners to provide expanded opportunities and resources for our students, including Therapeutic Learning Environments, coordination of the Student Success Team (SST), coordination of school based Intervention Progress Teams (IPT), crisis prevention and intervention training for designated staff.


Join us on this transformative journey as we work collaboratively to enhance educational equity and ensuring our students are allowed to learn and grow in a way that meets their individual needs.


What Falls under Prevention and Intervention?

MTSS stands for multi-tiered system of supports. It’s a framework many schools use to give targeted support to struggling students. You may also hear it called the MTSS framework, the MTSS process, or the MTSS model.

MTSS is designed to help schools identify struggling students early and intervene quickly. It focuses on the “whole child.” That means it supports academic growth, but many other areas, too. These include behavior, social and emotional needs, and absenteeism (not attending school).

The tiers of support are a huge part of MTSS. They get more intense from one level to the next. For example, a child getting small group interventions may need to “move up” to one-on-one help.

MTSS isn’t the same thing as Response to Intervention (RTI). MTSS is more comprehensive, but may include RTI.


  • Tier 1: The whole class. All students in the general education classroom are in this tier. Teachers use instruction that’s proven to work. Students may work in small groups based on their strengths and areas of need. The school monitors all kids’ progress. A student who is struggling may move to Tier 2.
  • Tier 2: Small group interventions. Students in Tier 2 still attend Tier 1 lessons with the rest of the class. But they get more targeted support through small group lessons. It can also mean special teaching, called interventions. A student who isn’t making progress may stay in Tier 2 or move to Tier 3.
  • Tier 3: Intensive individualized support. This tier can mean small group work or individual lessons. Most kids in Tier 3 still spend a lot of the day in the general education classroom.

The Student Behavioral Safety Assessment (also referred to as Threat Assessment) is a set of assessment protocols and safety planning procedures used by designated school teams in order to detect and prevent planned acts of targeted violence. The model used at NWCSD is the Salem-Keizer Behavioral Threat Assessment model.

The whole system consists of school building teams, referred to as the Level 1 Team and a Community Safety Assessment Team (CSAT), referred to as the Level 2 Team.

Each school Level 1 Team is overseen by the building administrator (or designee) and is made up of staff trained in the assessment process.

The Level 2 Team, or Community Safety Assessment Team (CSAT) is made up of community partners from The Dalles Police Department, Wasco County District Attorney's Office, Mid-Columbia Center for Living, Oregon Youth Authority, Wasco County Youth Services,and the Department of Human Services; Division of Child Welfare 


Community-Based Supports & Partnerships

The Therapeutic Learning Center (TLC) program is a day treatment program operated in partnership with The Next Door Therapeutic Learning Center (TLC)

The Larkspur Program is a day treatment program operated in partnership with Trillium Family Services.

NWCSD also partners with both The Next Door and the Mid-Columbia Center for Living to provide school-based mental health counseling.