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Security and Mental Health Counseling Needs at Oklahoma's Postsecondary Campuses

The 2009 CLASS Task Force survey included a special section regarding the needs of postsecondary institutions in the areas of notification, response and mental health counseling to identify and respond to behavioral threats.

The respondents provided a listing of specific needs and the approximate cost of meeting those needs on a one-time or annual basis. A full listing of those needs can be found in the appendix. This summary is not intended to be an exhaustive listing of all needs in this area but should be considered an accurate representation of what many campuses are experiencing.

In the notification and response area, target hardening systems were mentioned most often, along with staffing needs and training.

A total of $28 million in one-time needs and $1.3 million in annual needs were identified in the area of notification and response.

In the mental health counseling area, the need for more mental health counselors was mentioned most frequently. Several campuses noted they didn’t have any trained and/or qualified counselors on site. Additional needs included a significant number of requests for behavioral threat assessment and response training, drug and alcohol training, and assessment tools.

A total of $187,100 in one-time needs and $2.3 million in annual needs were identified in the area of mental health counseling.

According to the 2009 CLASS Task Force survey respondents, 41 postsecondary institutions listed the need for more mental health counselors on campus.