Project AWARE Grant
In October 2014, the Iowa Department of Education was awarded a five-year, $9.6 million federal grant, the State Education Agency (SEA) Now Is the Time Project Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education (AWARE) federal grant through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse, and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA). At the same time, the Iowa Department of Education was awarded a complementary federal grant, the SEA School Climate Transformation grant through the U.S. Department of Education. Both grants were a part of the Now Is the Time federal initiative to make schools safer and increase youth and children’s access to mental health services and supports.
SEA Now Is the Time Project AWARE Iowa Grant
Five year grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)
- Goal 1: Increase awareness of mental health issues
- Goal 2: Train school and agency staff to recognize potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems through the Youth Mental Health First Aid Program
- Goal 3: Help target LEAs (Davenport, Sioux City, & Waterloo) effectively implement systems to: (1) identify students early, (2) refer students to appropriate behavioral health supports, and (3) monitor student progress to ensure the supports are effective
In addition to the SEA Project AWARE grant, Iowa was also awarded four Local Education Agency (LEA) Project AWARE grants in Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Marshalltown, and West Sioux, and one Project AWARE Community grant in Mason City, Iowa.
In addition to the SEA School Climate Transformation grant, Iowa was also awarded two LEA School Climate Transformation Grants in Des Moines CSD and Fort Dodge CSD.
Here is a map identifying the grant communities: Project AWARE and SCT Grantee Map
Student Behavioral Health Survey
As part of the Project AWARE and School Climate Transformation Grants, student survey data is used improve conditions for learning for all students. Grant partner districts administer student surveys annually in order to gather information to better understand students’ experiences, opinions, and knowledge in three areas: (1) Adult-Student Relationships, (2) Bullying, and (3) Knowledge of Mental Health Issues. The survey data informs planning and strategies for strengthening adult-student relationships, preventing and addressing bullying, and educating youth about mental health issues. All information collected is anonymous and participation is voluntary.
Here is a copy of the Student Behavioral Health Survey questions: 2016 Student Behavioral Health Survey