It is the mission of Duval AWARE to develop and sustain an integrated, multi-tiered
system of supports that promote the mental health of, and advance wellness and
resilience of, students within family, educational and community settings.
Duval AWARE is
committed to reducing risk and increasing mental health by:
- Teaching social, behavioral,
and emotional skills.
- Creating safe and nurturing
environments that support well-being.
- Fostering resilience and
increasing protective factors.
- Minimizing risk factors for
internalizing and externalizing problems.
- Providing support to youth in crisis
or with chronic mental health needs.
selected six schools to be initial targets for implementation with AWARE goals
and activities. The six schools fall in one feeder pattern and include one K8 school (Westview K8), two middle schools (JEB Stuart and Jeff Davis) and three
elementary schools (Bayview, Jax Heights and Normandy Village) providing a unique
opportunity to evaluate cumulative impact on students over time. Selection of
these schools was based on review of many factors, including but not limited to:
Underutilization of mental health services, discipline incidents, number of
crisis calls from the schools and substantiated bullying cases.
for accessing mental health supports was also considered in the current schools
selected. Four of the selected schools are Full Service Schools, however two of
the selected schools are not Full Service Schools. The overall goal for choosing these
six schools is to increase consistent access to mental health supports for
students and their families within a multi-tiered system of support.
The AWARE objectives and activities in target
schools will be implemented by the Mental Health Support Specialists. The Mental Health Support Specialists will help to build upon current school
structures, establish partnerships, processes and procedures that will increase
mental health awareness, as well as, identification and access for mental health
supports within the district and in the community.