Special Programs Office
1005 Springhill Dr NW
Albany, Oregon 97321
Phone: (541) 967-4624
Fax: (541) 924-3785
F.A.C.T. is a team of specialists who link schools, students and families together with available community services in the Albany area. F.A.C.T. works in partnership with local schools to help students be successful in school and to make resources available to them at both home and school.
701 19th Ave. SE
Albany, OR 97321
Albany YST brings social services and law enforcement together at the community level for planning interventions and/or treatment for youth with multiple needs. F.A.C.T. coordinates these efforts as well as offering case management to the student and family involved.
Contact: Tara Dixson
F.A.C.T. Team member Tara Dixson is the Mckinney-Vento Liaison for Greater Albany Public School District. She coordinates services for those students experiencing a homeless situation as defined by the McKinney-Vento Act. She is responsible for reporting and tracking homeless students and ensuring they have access to District services.
Contact: Tara Dixson
F.A.C.T. provides coordination of our district's Crisis Network. A network of trained staff provides assistance to GAPS and inter-district schools in the aftermath of the loss of a student(s), staff member(s), or other tragic event. The network may assist in buildings as consultants, lead and/or assist in debriefing, or carry out specific roles to the team.
Greater Albany Public Schools has been training district staff and responding to district requests for Crisis Response Team (CRT) services since 1994. At present, 92 district employees available to serve in this capacity.
In their regular positions, these individuals are counselors, teachers, secretaries, administrators, behavioral specialists, special education staff, nurses, and family services consultants. They have completed curriculum designed to address such topics as developmental states of grief, pragmatics of crisis response, parent support, media relations, care rooms, special circumstance (suicide, trauma, missing child) communication, and effective listening.
Families and Agencies Coming Together (FACT) coordinates the team and dispatches the responders. Responders for GAPS include: all counseling staff (five elementary and 12 secondary), 33 certified and classified secondary staff, 28 certified and classified elementary staff, four migrant education staff, two nursing staff, three district office staff, and five family services consultants.
Not included in these numbers are our building administrators. Many have completed the course provided by FACT and/or have completed other administrative preparedness classes. Each year a 24-hour class is offered by the FACT team, either at the GAPS District Office or at Linn-Benton-Lincoln ESD. Approximately 300 staff have completed this curriculum. These professionals are willing to provide volunteer services in this capacity, and usually serve three years.
During a typical year, CRT receives three to five requests. Since its inception our crisis response team has responded to district events 67 times.
Crisis Response Team
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701 "B", 19th Ave. SE
Albany, OR 97322