Providing training, research and professional development services to schools and communities across Montana and the U.S.

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- School Emergency Operations Planning
- Cybersecurity
- Victim Assistance
- Professional Development
- Threat Assessment

About Us

The UM Safe Schools Center was endorsed by the Superintendent of Montana's Office Public Instruction in 2005, and approved by the Montana University System Board of Regents in 2006. However, our organization has been working on numerous school safety grants and initiatives since 1999. Our current director is Dr. Emily Sallee, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling.

Contact Us

Safe Schools Center 
Phyllis J. Washington Education Building, Suite 109 
Social Media: UMTSafeSchools

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Services Provided

The Montana Safe Schools Center can provide unique individualized school safety training and technical support.

  • Training
  • Technical Support
  • Emergency Operation Plan Development
  • Consultation
  • Suicide Intervention Skills training (ASIST and safeTALK)
  • MSSC Podcast about school safety
  • Anonymous School Safety Tip line (SAFERMT)

For specific information please see the individual tabs on the left side of the website.

Upcoming Trainings

  • Suicide Prevention and Response Training: Montana Crisis Action Toolkit for Schools (CAST-S)
    • The Montana Safe Schools Center (MSSC), in collaboration with the Montana School Counselor Association (MSCA), School Administrators of Montana (SAM), and the Montana Small Schools Alliance will be holding a virtual training on using the Montana Crisis Action Toolkit for Schools (CAST-S) to prevent youth suicide. This training will allow participants to learn from suicide experts and Montana CAST-S collaborators: Karl Rosston, DPHHS Suicide Prevention Resource Coordinator; Matt Kuntz with the Montana chapter of NAMI; and Dr. Scott Poland, Director of the Suicide and Violence Prevention Office at Nova Southeastern University and national expert on schools and suicide prevention.
    • This training will occur on August 2, 2022, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm with a one-hour lunch break. The training is intended to offer school administrators, school counselors, school nurses, and other school stakeholders the tools and knowledge in suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention efforts in PK-12 settings. Attendees can participate as a representative or as a school team (preferred). Attendees will earn 6 OPI renewal credits from the Montana Safe Schools Center. There is no cost for this training. Please visit the registration website to register or contact Dr. Emily Sallee at the Montana Safe Schools Center for more information (  
  • Join us at the Jeremy Bullock Safe Schools Summit to strengthen your school's safety. With a theme of Fostering Resilience the 3rd annual summit will be in Butte on August 9 & 10. You will learn, interact and network with colleagues and key stakeholders and will bring home resources and strategies to continue to develop and improve your school's safety. The summit is designed for educators, SROs, school mental health professionals, school nurses, administrators, law enforcement and school safety professionals.  OPI Education Credits & POST training credits are available upon completion.
    • Along with several keynote addresses and panel discussions, you will break into smaller workshops to roll up your sleeves to dig in on various safe school topics including:
      • Physical Safety- infrastructure, cybersecurity, threat assessment
      • Safe and Connected School Climate - social emotional learning, anxiety in kids, MTSS
      • Teacher & Student Self-Care- resilience, secondary traumatic stress, mental health
      • Prevention Strategies- bullying/cyberbullying, suicide, digital citizenship
    • To provide an opportunity to highlight the outstanding work of those striving for safer schools in our communities, recipients of the 1st annual School Safety Recognition Awards will be honored during the summit.  Nominations are due by July 1. A $1000 will be awarded to each award recipient.

      See the attached newsletter, visit the website or Facebook for additional information or to register. The conference also welcomes businesses and organizations that actively support school safety, prevention, and preparedness for an Exhibitor Fair.  Please reach out to Brenda Carney at or 406-531-5957 if you have any questions or need assistance. Scholarships are available!


2022 OPI Summer Institute

Montana State University - Bozeman

June 20-24, 2022


Registration will open May 18, 2022.

A link to the Conference registration will be posted here.


Summer Institute Frequently Asked Questions & Answers




OPI Staff are here to help: 

Emily Fuller, Administrative Specialist, Teaching & Learning- 406.444.3538

Tammy Lysons, Continuing Education and Technical Assistance Unit Manager- 406.431.2309

News and Updates

  • May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, NAMI joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families. 

    For more information, resources and support about mental health awareness access

  • We received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. This grant will give us the opportunity to collaborate with schools across the state, and work locally on campus to create safer schools for students statewide. 
  • The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services has added a Coronavirus update to their information page on Communicable Diseases in Schools
  • The Montana Office of Public Instruction released this document concerning public school reopening which contains information on various levels of reopening.

School Safety Resources

Additional Resources


Cyber Safety

  • Bullying and Cyberbullying Resources for K-12 Schools
    • National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month occurs every October to raise awareness about the effects of bullying. Bullying and cyberbullying threaten students' physical and emotional safety and can impact their social and academic success at school. The Federal School Safety Clearinghouse offers resources, tools, and information to educate students and school staff about preventing and responding to bullying and cyberbullying in kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) communities. Visit to learn more.
  • Password Managers are a great way to keep passwords safe and keep information secure.
  • "Zoombombing" is a potential security risk due to the move to remote schooling. This article contains tips for how to keep Zoom calls secure.
  • The FBI has created the FBI Child ID App to help parents keep track of their children's information
  • Sudden Cardiac Arrest In Athletes: Learn how to recognize and treat cardiac arrest in athletes


The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 24/7, confidential and free: 1-800-799-7233 and through chat.

The National Sexual Assault Hotline is 24/7, confidential and free: 800.656.HOPE (4673) and through chat.

The Trans LifeLine for peer support for trans folks 9am-3am CT: 1-877-565-8860. This hotline is staffed exclusively by trans operators, and is the only crisis line with a policy against non-consensual active rescue.

National Parent Helpline Monday - Friday, 12pm-9am CT, emotional support and advocacy for parents: 1-855-2736.

The Trevor Project Lifeline is 24/7, confidential and free: 1-866-488-7386 and specifically designed for LGBTQ+ youths in crisis.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides a 24/7, toll-free hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. After dialing 1-800-273-TALK, the caller is routed to their nearest crisis center to receive immediate counseling and local mental health referrals. The Lifeline supports people who call for themselves or for someone they care about.