Now Is The Time (NITT): Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education) is a 5 year federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA) that was awarded to the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) in September 2014. The purpose of Georgia Project AWARE is to increase awareness of mental health issues among school-aged youth; provide training in Youth Mental Health First Aid; and connect children, youth, and families who may have behavioral health issues with appropriate services. (SAMHSA, Center for Mental Health Services, 2015).
The GaDOE is partnering with Muscogee County, Newton County and Griffin-Spalding Schools to provide training in Youth Mental Health First Aid and to develop processes and procedures for connecting youth and families to community based mental health services. Georgia State University (Center for Leadership in Disability and the Center for Research on School Safety, School Climate and Classroom Management) is providing training and evaluation for Georgia Project AWARE.
Georgia Project AWARE Goals
Goal 1: Increase participation of the community (including families and youth) and mental health providers (including school-based and community-based providers) in efforts to identify the mental health resources available to meet the needs of the students and families in each LEA.
Goal 2: Increase awareness and identification of mental health and behavior concerns, and student and family access to mental health providers through the PBIS framework
in GPA schools.
Goal 3: Increase the percentage of Georgia youth and families receiving needed mental health services through collaboration between LEAs and community mental health providers.
Goal 4: Train educators, first responders, and parents to respond to mental health needs of youth.
Georgia’s Project AWARE LEAs:
New in FY19
Mental Health Technology Transfer Center National School Mental Health Curriculum: Guidance and Best Practices for States, Districts and Schools
New in FY18
Project AWARE - Universal Screening for Mental Health Webinar
ANGST: Raising Awareness around Anxiety - a film for educators, parents, students and schools
The Child Welfare Training Collaborative (CWTC) in partnership with Georgia State University Professional Excellence Program offers training to educators:
- Trauma 101: Understanding the Impact of Trauma on Children and Brain
- Brain 101: Understanding the Impact of Trauma on Brain Development
- Trauma/Brain201: Building Resiliency
- Trauma 101: Understanding the Impact of Trauma on Children for School Professionals
For more information, go to Child Welfare Training Collaborative (CWTC) and click on Trainings.
Trauma-Sensitive Schools Learning Modules are available to Georgia educators with permission from the Wisconsin Department of Instruction Initiative and is modeled after the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) school improvement process focusing first on universal practices (Tier 1). Modules for students who need additional support (Tier 2) and intensive interventions for students who require ongoing support (Tier 3) are under development. This change effort within each school is best facilitated by a school-based team, such as the PBIS or MTSS team, who commits to additional professional development provided through these modules.
For more information, go to Trauma Sensitive Schools Learning Modules