Malone Central School District – Mental Health Training Component of the New York SAVE Act (S9-21-32)

Issued Date
June 08, 2022

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Audit Objective

Determine whether the Malone Central School District (District) used District resources to provide the mental health component of the New York Safe Schools Against Violence in Education Act (SAVE Act) training requirement to staff.

Key Findings

The District did not provide mental health training as required to all staff for the 2020-21 school year by September 15, 2020 per New York State Education Department (SED) regulations.

  • Only one elementary school’s instructional staff were offered mental health training.
  • Seven of the 12 recommended components of mental health that educators should know were not included in the District’s elementary school instructional staff training.

Documentation to support attendance for the training was not maintained and we were unable to determine the staff who attended and completed the training.

Key Recommendation

Provide mental health training to all staff and ensure it is completed by September 15, as required. Such training should address recognition of the warning signs, whom to turn to for assistance, and how to access appropriate services.

District officials agreed with our recommendation and indicated they will take corrective action.