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    Project AWARE Grant Information

    The goal of the Project AWARE grants are to improve behavioral health awareness among youth-serving adults at school and in their communities.
    DCPS Mental Health Support Specialists work to:
    • Increase awareness of mental health issues among school-age youth
    • Train school personnel and other adults who interact with school-age youth so that they can detect and respond to potential mental health issues
    • Building capacity and leadership to sustain community-based mental health promotion, illness prevention, early identification, and treatment services and initiatives
    • Increase collaboration among families, schools, and communities during program planning
    • Identify culturally specific and developmentally appropriate mental health services
    • Provide Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) training for adults who interact with school-age youth
    • Engage in outreach to youth and families to promote behavioral health and identify mental illness prevention strategies
    • Identify systems for identifying signs and symptoms early and linking families to existing services
    • Develop and implement a multi-tiered behavioral support framework


    To Request Training/Support for Your School Email:
    Michele Johnson, Project Manager