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Project Advancing Wellness and Resilience Education (AWARE)

Project AWARE grants promote youth mental health awareness among schools and communities and improve connections to services for school-age youth.

Project AWARE is a grant program designed to help state and local education agencies:

  • Increase awareness of mental health issues among school-age youth
  • Train educators and other youth-serving adults to detect and respond to mental health issues
  • Connect children, youth, and families who may experience behavioral health issues with appropriate services

Project AWARE meets these goals by expanding or implementing:

  • Access to existing funding systems that support mental health services for school-age youth
  • Access to school- and community-based mental health services
  • Capacity and leadership to sustain community-based mental health promotion, illness prevention, early identification, and treatment services and initiatives
  • Collaboration among families, schools, and communities during program planning
  • Coordination among state and local youth-serving systems
  • Culturally specific and developmentally appropriate mental health services
  • Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) and Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) training for adults who interact with school-age youth
  • Outreach to youth and families, behavioral health promotion, and mental illness prevention strategies
  • Systems for identifying signs and symptoms early and linking families to existing services
  • Use of a multi-tiered behavioral framework
  • Youth violence prevention strategies

2014 Project AWARE State Education Agency Grantees

In 2014, SAMHSA awarded Project AWARE grants to the following state education agencies:

Project AWARE Local Educational Agency and Community Grants

Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid training to school personnel, emergency responders, law enforcement, faith-based leaders, caregivers, and other youth-serving adults.


Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma (ReCAST)

In 2016, SAMHSA awarded eight municipalities through the ReCAST program under Project AWARE. ReCAST grant funding was awarded to communities that had experienced civil unrest. This funding aims to:

  • Assist high-risk youth and families
  • Promote resilience and equity
  • Empower the community for improved behavioral health

These objectives are accomplished by:

  • Implementing evidence-based, violence prevention, and community youth engagement programs
  • Creating links to trauma-informed behavioral health services
  • Bringing local communities together

The 2016 ReCAST grant program awardees are:

  • City of Oakland, CA
  • City of Chicago, IL
  • Baltimore City Health Department, MD
  • City of Flint, MI
  • City of Minneapolis, MN
  • County of St. Louis, MO
  • Bexar County Commissioners Court, TX
  • Milwaukee Health Department, WI

Learn more about the 2016 ReCAST grant program awardees.

Last Updated: 08/28/2017