The Salem-Keizer Sexual Incident Response Committee System (SIRC)

For nearly two decades ,the Mid-Valley Student Threat Assessment Team (STAT) has been a well-functioning entity focused on behavioral threat assessment. In 2008, Salem-Keizer Public Schools created a parallel model to address problematic sexual behavior (PSB) within a K-12 student population. Based on research, best practice, and state and federal statute, the Sexual Incident Response Committee (SIRC) examines sexualized behaviors through a normative versus non-normative lens for the purpose of intervention for the student of concern, the mitigation of risk to others, and interventions and supports for those who have been impacted by the sexual behavior of students. SIRC addresses a broad spectrum of concerning student behavior, including but not limited to sexually reactive behavior correlated with trauma, non-normative sexual behavior or normative behaviors manifesting in non-normative settings, students with significant developmental or cognitive impairment with a nexus to PSB, student sexual harassment and sexual misconduct that is criminal in nature. In the case of violent sexual assault or stalking behavior, there is potential overlap between the SIRC and STAT process and both systems may be accessed simultaneously.

Built from a collaborative, multi-agency structure, the team operates a regional system that serves school districts and the community and encompasses critical community partners including public mental health, our regional child abuse assessment center, Department of Human Services Child Welfare and Developmental Disabilities, law enforcement from area jurisdictions (Marion County Sherriff’s Department, Salem Police Department and Keizer Police Department), community juvenile justice and Oregon Youth Authority, and the Marion County District Attorney’s office. Like STAT, SIRC is a multi-agency structure located in Salem, Oregon but serves the mid-Willamette Valley in Oregon. The system operates within a community that has centralized education resources, risk management and security resources, public mental health, and law enforcement. It has been adapted to address the rural communities with limited resources or resources contracted through providers located in urban centers, such as education service districts or ESDs.

Consultation/Training

The Mid-Valley Sexual Incident Response Committee (SIRC) has been operating since 2008 as a collaborative, multi-agency application of a two level response system for the purpose of effectively assessing risk and providing intervention and management plans addressing problematic sexual behavior and sexual misconduct within a student population. By gathering the different perspectives of a school site based team and examining concerning or problematic sexual behavior through a developmental lens, teams are able to develop intervention strategies that are fitting for the level of risk and the individual needs of the students. If further assessment is required, a referral is made to the level 2 investigative team. This two-level process maximizes school and community resources by determining the level of supervision and the intensity of intervention required to decrease harm to others and mobilizes social service resources and ensure support and appropriate access to education. Using a common system that emphasizes a team process, SIRC allows for familiarity that promotes both confidence and best practice.

Just as our team has assisted many school districts throughout the country in their implementation of threat assessment teams and the regional adaption of our specific student threat assessment system, we also can assist school districts in adopting the SIRC system.

As a means of addressing inquiry, we offer a two-hour informational presentation on the Sexual Incident Response Committee program, and we offer a two and a half day systems training, usually scheduled in the fall.

To further explore our presentations, consultation and training please contact us.

If you have brief questions regarding the Sexual Incident Response Committee System, please contact:

Shelley Rutledge, LCSW & School Psychologist
Salem-Keizer Public Schools
Rutledge_shelley@salkeiz.k12.or.us
(503) 399-3070

Address:
Salem-Keizer Sexual Incident Response Committee
Lancaster Professional Center, Safety and Risk Management
2450 Lancaster Professional Center – Suite 260
Salem, Oregon 97305