Lansing Public School District is in the process of implementing a program called Handle with Care to provide assistance to students of all grades who have experienced trouble with the law in the past 24 hours. “The goal ultimately is to create trauma-informed school districts, environments and communities,” said Karlin Tichenor the Executive Director for School Culture department. Tichenor said that the program will offer counseling if the student wants it and will open the door to other resources. The program is part of a growing national movement that started in West Virginia. Jackson Public Schools piloted the program in February and had a lot of success with it so far, said Tichenor
One of Jackson’s partners for their Handle with Care program is LifeWays Community Mental Health.