Crisis Response Team


    Crisis Response

    The WESD Crisis Response Team is a school-based crisis response team. The goal of the Crisis Response Team is to assist schools in the Marion, Polk, and Yamhill counties in regaining stability in the wake of a crisis by supporting students and staff members experiencing loss, grief or trauma. The Crisis Response Team also supports the school administrator’s efforts to manage the many details associated with the response to a crisis.

    Situations to provide assistance:

    • Death or serious injury of a student or staff member
    • A traumatic event or any event which polarizes, isolates, or shocks people, such as the arrest of a staff member

    Crisis Response Team assistance often includes:

    • Crisis management procedural support for building administration 
    • Coping strategy information for building staff
    • Support Rooms for students and/or staff in crisis
    • Monitoring and counseling for students/staff in need
    • Filling in for building staff so they can deal with the crisis
    • Facilitating community referrals and networking
    • Assisting with follow-up needs

    School administrators can request Crisis Response Team support through WESD by calling 503-385-4761.

    For detailed information about the Crisis Response Team structure, function, and services or if you are interested in becoming a member of the team, please contact the Program Coordinator listed at the bottom of this page. 

    For additional information, click on the following links:

    WESD Crisis Response Team Flowchart - for the district point person

    WESD Crisis Response Manual - for district point person and crisis response team members

    Community Resources for Students and Families - handout

    After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools - pdf booklet by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

    Memorial Activities at Schools -  a list of do's and don'ts

    Mental Health Resources - WESD Mental Health webpage 

     Suicide Loss Grief Support Groups

    Free, drop in support for anyone experiencing a loss from suicide.  Note: Due to COVID19 limitations, contact the facilitator to confirm if in-person or virtual support is being provided

    Marion County:

    • 1233 Edgewater St. NW, Salem, OR
    • 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:30pm
    • Facilitated by Bruce Carson 503-851-0861, 

    Yamhill County:

    • McMinnville Covenant Church (Chapel Room) 2155 NW 2nd St., McMinnville, OR
    • 2nd & 4th Sundays, 2:00 - 4:00pm
    • Facilitated by Suicide Bereavement Support Inc. and NAMI Yamhill

    Benton County:

    • Benton Center 757 NW Polk Ave, Corvallis
    • 1st Thursday of every month 4:00 - 5:00pm
    • Facilitated by Corvallis Support After A Suicide
    • Contact Stephanie Diegen at or for more information 


Program Contact Information

  • Marion Center
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