PAX FOR PEACE, PRODUCTIVITY, HEALTH AND HAPPINESS
The PAX Good Behavior Game (PAX GBG) is a school-based universal preventive intervention used to teach self-regulation, self-management and self-control in children. PAX GBG provides educators with strategies to teach social-emotional and behavioral skills along with academics creating a trauma informed nurturing environment. In fact, PAX GBG has been proven to change student brain chemistry with life-long effects that dramatically impact mental health, substance abuse, graduation rates and suicide in our children and communities.
In an effort to prevent circumstances contributing to the Opiate Epidemic, the state of Montana launched a large-scale implementation of the PAX Good Behavior Game in Montana schools.
In addition to teaching self-regulation in young people with dramatic effects on behavior and academics, PAX GBG has also documented long-term outcomes including increased high school graduation rates and a 64% reduction in lifetime opiate abuse among students who have had PAX.
This initiative trained
- 1,130 teachers in the PAX Good Behavior Game
- 49 professionals as PAX Partners to support, sustain, and expand Montana schools’ use of the PAX Good Behavior Game
- 15,730 Students experienced PAX GBG strategies in the classroom
Among the students observed in Montana’s classrooms teachers saw
- Increase in pro-social behavior for K-1st, 2nd and 4th grades
- Decrease in internalizing behaviors in Kindergarten, 1st, and 3rd grade students
- Decrease in concentration problems in, Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade students
- Decrease in externalizing behaviors in Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade students
- Decrease in social problems in Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students
As a result of this initiative*
- 1,415 fewer Montana children will likely need special education services
- 1,600 fewer Montana young people will develop serious drug addictions
- 629 fewer Montana students will develop serious alcohol addictions