Long Island School Practitioner Action Network

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LISPAN continues to bring together the mental health resources across all Long Island school districts.  As of October 2018 we are collaborating with Bayport-Blue Point, Cold Spring Harbor, Commack, Deer Park, Eastern Suffolk BOCES, East Meadow, Elwood, Freeport, Great Neck, Half Hollow Hills, Hampton Bays, Hauppauge, Herricks, Island Trees, Jericho, Levittown, Longwood, Locust Valley, Madonna Heights, Nassau BOCES, New Hyde Park/Garden City Park, North Merrick, Oyster Bay - East Norwich, Patchogue-Medford, Oceanside, Plainview-Old Bethpage, Smithtown, Springs, Syosset, Valley Stream, West Babylon, Western Suffolk BOCES and Westbury


2018-2019 District Crisis Team Training Schedule


November 5th  8:00 - 10:00 am  Dr. Thomas DeMaria from LIU-CW Post will be presenting at Western Suffolk BOCES



2017 - 2018 District Crisis Team Training Schedule


September 28 - Dr. Robert Motta, Director of the Child & Family Trauma Institute, Director of the PsyD. Program in School-Community Psychology, and Professor at Hofstra University will present on Trauma and PTSD.  Sponsored by Levittown School District. 


October 5 - Superintendent's Breakfast, prepared by the culinary students at the Dix Hills campus of Wilson Tech.  Mike Sellet, Putnam Northern Westchester Regional Crisis Team, and John Hogan, Former Superintendent, West Hempstead UFSD, will present on The Role of the School Superintendent in School Crisis Prevention and Response.  


November 6 - Pat Breux, State Coordinator of School and Youth Initiatives with the Suicide Prevention Center New York will present on Suicide Response and Postvention.  Sponsored by the Longwood School District.   


January 9 - LISPAN Network Meeting for Member Districts only to practice a table top crisis response.  Western Suffolk BOCES.  



2016 - 2017 District Crisis Team Training Schedule   

September 20 - Suicide prevention/postvention.  Dr. Shane Owens, President-Elect, Suffolk County Psychological Association

October 21 - Joint videoconference with Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES Regional Crisis Team.  Social Media:  How it Helps, How it Hurts in a Crisis - Western Suffolk BOCES

November 16 - School safety, emergency plans, and first responders; 2016 - 2017 NYSED Legislation

December 16 - Update on NYSED School Emergency Response Planning.  Dr. Pantaleno, M. Shahen, M. Keefe.  

January 23 - Live action crisis drill to practice crisis response decisions.  Western Suffolk Boces, Wheatley Heights.

February 15 - Children and Terrorism.  Dr. Thomas Demario, LIU-CW Post

April 27 - Best Practices in Crisis Intervention.  Joint videoconference with PNW-RCT.  

May 19 - Mental Health Issues and Psychiatry.  Dr. Deborah Weisbrot, Psychiatrist, Stony Brook University Hospital. 



2015 - 2016 Steering Committee Minutes and Attachments

Oct 30, 2015:  Youth Mental Health First Aid, Debra Caputo

Nov 20, 2015:  Managing an Live Crisis:  Video of an Active Shooter, Levittown School District

Dec 18, 2015:  Providing Psychosocial Support to Children in the Aftermath of Disasters and Crisis, Dr. Thomas Demaria

Jan 29, 2016:  A Model for Developing a Risk Assessment Protocol for your District, Drs. Diane Deering & Donna Neary

Feb 26, 2016:  How the Suffolk County Police Department Interfaces with School Crises, Suffolk County Police Department

Mar 18, 2016:  Incident Command System, NYS Emergency Services Unit, Herricks School District

Apr 15, 2016:  Joint Meeting with the Northern Westchester BOCES Regional Crisis Team, Deer Park School District

May 20, 2016:  Mission Be - School-Based Trauma Curriculum, Jericho

June 10, 2016: LISPAN Steering Committee Reorganization for 2016-2017



Steering Committee Members 

Dottie Ahl, Sabrina Brancaccio-Cantore, Debra Caputo, David Cheng, Jacqueline Esp, Will Farquharson, Karen Jason, Neil Klatsky, Laure Loughlin, Donna Neary, Tony Pantaleno, Seb Saylor