Introducing The Montana Crisis Action School Toolkit on Suicide (Montana CAST-S 2017)

By November 30, 2017November 24th, 20205 Comments
The Montana Crisis Action School Toolkit on Suicide (Montana CAST-S 2017) was developed in a collaboration between the Big Sky Council and NAMI Montana to support Montana school communities in meeting requirements of Montana state legislative statute HB381 (2017).  The goal in the creation of CAST-S was to support each school district and their communities to have access to much needed resources in developing their own protocols and crisis plan for preventing and addressing youth suicides. 

The CAST-S is a free resource for all Montana school leaders and staff.  Mental health and suicide prevention leaders from across Montana have been interviewed and have provided input in this suicide prevention toolkit, which is based on best practices in suicide prevention for schools.

NAMI Montana would like to give special thanks to Rep. Dennis Lenz for sponsoring the HB381, Dr. Scott and Donna Poland for writing CAST-S, Big Sky AACAP for funding the project, NAMI Montana Treasurer Tiff Hanson for her vision for the project and Dr. Len Lantz for shepherding the concept from idea through finished project.

We are also deeply appreciative of the cooperation of Tracy Moseman and Holly Mook of the Montana Office of Public Instruction; Karl Rosston, the DPHHS Montana Suicide Prevention Coordinator; and Kirk Miller of the School Administrators of Montana.

Please check out the CAST-S website find the document and then share it with your local school board.


  • Fulvia Franco, Ph.D., NCSP says:

    Can you please send me a copy of the Montana Suicide Toolkit for Schools? I work in the Jordan School District, located in West Jordan, Utah. We have experienced a high number of youth suicides in the southwest part of Salt Lake County in the past year. Dr. Scott Poland, co-author of the toolkit, recommended that we get a copy and use it in our district. Thank you for consideration of my request.

  • Matt Kuntz says:

    You bet. I’ll send it via email.

  • Laura Forystek says:

    I am a School Psychologist in Modesto, California. Would it be possible for you to email me a copy of the Montana Suicide Toolkit for Schools? Thank you in advance for your help.

  • Tanya Kirschman says:

    The link to the CAST-S website comes up as a 404 error (file not found). Can you please email me this document ASAP? Thank you!

  • Matt Kuntz says:

    Hi Tanya, here is a link to the document. https://dphhs.mt.gov/Portals/85/suicideprevention/CAST-S2017.pdf
    A hard copy is also available on Amazon.
    Thank you,

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