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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Now is the Time Project AWARE Local Educational Agency Grants

Deadline: June 16, 2014

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2014 “Now is the Time” Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education) Local Educational Agency (NITT-AWARE-LEA) grants. The purpose of this program is to assist local educational agencies to begin to support the training of school personnel and other adults who interact with youth in both school settings and communities to detect and respond to mental illness in children and youth, including how to encourage adolescents and their families experiencing these problems to seek treatment. It is required that individuals be trained in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) or Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA). By implementing this program, SAMHSA expects to achieve an increase in the mental health literacy of adults who interact with school-aged youth and increase awareness of mental health issues among school-aged youth.

With NITT-AWARE-LEA funding, local educational agencies and their respective communities will train teachers, counselors, other school personnel (e.g., administrators, school bus drivers, cafeteria workers, playground attendants, athletic coaches and trainers), emergency responders (e.g., police, firefighters, emergency services staff), parents, caregivers, and other youth-serving adults in MHFA and YMHFA. MHFA and YMHFA are public education programs that introduce participants to the unique risk factors and symptoms of mental health problems in adolescents, build understanding of the importance of early intervention, and most importantly – teach individuals how to help a youth in crisis or experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. MHFA and YMHFA use role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

In an effort to maximize funding under this announcement, LEA applicants should demonstrate how they will build on, enhance, and not duplicate current activities should they receive funding under SAMHSA’s ”Now is the Time” Project AWARE State Educational Agency grant.

Amount: Up to 100 grants will be made with an average award size of $50,000 a year for 2 years.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants are Local Educational Agencies or consortia of LEAs, as defined by section 9101 (41) of the ESEA. Applicants for this announcement are also required to apply for the Department of Educations’ LEA School Climate Transformation grants or your application will be screened out. The grant announcement number and hyperlink to the RFA will be posted on the SAMHSA website at http://www.samhsa.gov when it is available.

The purpose of this program is to assist Local Educational Agencies to begin to support the training of school personnel and other adults who interact with youth in both school settings and local communities to detect and respond to mental illness in school-aged youth, including how to encourage adolescents and their families experiencing these problems to seek treatment. These individuals will be trained in Mental Health First Aid or Youth Mental Health First Aid. Therefore, eligibility is being limited to LEAs since these individuals have substantial involvement and access to children and youth in both school settings and local communities and can begin to immediately implement the goals and objectives of this program.

Link: http://beta.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements/sm-14-019

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