MHTTC & Project AWARE Partnership
About the MHTTC & Project AWARE Partnership:
Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education) is a SAMHSA-funded initiative focused on the mental health of youth in schools, aged 12-17. Project AWARE funds state, tribal, territorial, and local education agencies to increase awareness of youth mental health; provide mental health training to school personnel and other adults who interact with youth; and connect youth and their families to mental health services.
In 2021, SAMHSA requested that the MHTTC Network provide technical assistance (TA) during our Year 4 (August 15, 2021 - August 14, 2022) to the Project AWARE grantees from the 2018-2021 cohorts. As a first step, the MHTTC Network conducted a needs assessment with Project AWARE grantees to understand project goals and challenges, outline mental health-related evidence-based practices being implemented, and identify training and technical assistance needs. Needs assessments were conducted via questionnaire, virtual meetings, and/or interviews. You may access the Needs Assessment findings here.
The MHTTC Network has continued to support the Project AWARE grantees in our Project Year 5 (August 15, 2022 - September 29, 2023) and will continue to do so in our Project Year 6 (September 30, 2023 - September 29, 2024). A map of the 98 Project AWARE grantees that the MHTTC Network is supporting is available here. Services provided by the MHTTC Network to Project AWARE grantees are outlined below:
- Resource identification, including access to already planned MHTTC TA events and available resources
- Provision of training and technical assistance across AWARE grantees in a region or among Tribal grantees
- Connections with other regional and cross-regional Project AWARE grantees for peer support opportunities
- Consultation on leadership and workforce development, as it relates to the goals of the grant
- Assisting with making connections to resources from other SAMHSA-funded TA centers
Bi-Monthly Project AWARE TA Tidbits
Project AWARE TA Tidbits are technical assistance updates provided by the Regional Centers on a bi-monthly basis, aimed at providing a birds-eye view of the impactful technical assistance, training, collaboration and relationship-building activities each one of our Centers lead with Project AWARE grantees in their regions.
The MHTTC-AWARE Groupsite was created to enable members of the MHTTC Network & Project AWARE TA Partnership to communicate, collaborate and connect. We encourage communication via discussion forums, resource sharing, and group announcements. Through this shared space, MHTTC TA Liaisons and Providers also aim to provide support for frequently asked questions and facilitate access to training, technical assistance, and resources developed by the MHTTC Network. Stay connected and create a free account here.
Additional Information for Project AWARE Grantees:
To find out more about navigating MHTTC Technical Assistance for your grant and contacting your MHTTC TA Liaison/Provider, you may access the Navigating MHTTC TA resource.
In addition to the direct TA provided by the MHTTC Regional Centers, Project AWARE Grantees are welcome to attend other school mental health focused MHTTC events (see event description for limits on attendees) and access all resources. The monthly Project AWARE Grantees School Mental Health Bulletin provides a snapshot of the school mental health events being hosted across the MHTTC Network for upcoming months, as well as recently released MHTTC products and resources. Project AWARE-specific technical assistance activities and external resources are also highlighted.