Milan Community School Corporation and One Community One Family were one of the eight partnerships awarded.
(Milan, Ind.) – Today, the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) announced that eight partnerships will receive funding to "further increase awareness for mental and emotional wellbeing, while improving connections to available mental health services." One of these partnerships include a local school corporation and community mental health organization.
Milan Community School Corporation and One Community One Family were granted a total of $60,000 through the Project Advancing Wellness and Resilience Education (AWARE) grant provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
“The social and emotional wellbeing of our students and staff is an important component to being prepared and actively engaged in education,” said State Superintendent Dr. Jennifer McCormick. “Further expanding our Project AWARE efforts, allows Indiana to create and continue lasting partnerships focused on developing effective and successful mental health practices and resources.”
To further Project AWARE, IDOE selected these partnerships and created the all new Change the Frequency campaign. This campaign focuses on raising awareness around the stigma of mental health in schools and their communities.
Through this campaign, students, faculty, and support systems will be provided easy-to-understand tools and practices to recognize the ways one's own social, emotional, and mental wellbeing can be influenced, and working to change that individual’s wellbeing and overall quality of life.
The full list of selected districts, their community mental health partners, and amounts include:
- Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation – Youth First, Inc. – $35,000
- Hamilton Southeastern Schools – Community Health Network – $58,000
- Milan Community School Corporation – One Community One Family – $60,000
- MSD of Wayne Township – Cummins – $60,000
- Sheridan Community Schools – Kids Pysch Incorporated (KPI) – $59,000
- Westfield Washington Schools – St. Vincent Behavioral Health/Aspire – $58,000
- South Bend Community School Corporation – Oaklawn Psychiatric Center – $60,000
- Southeast Neighborhood School of Excellence – Cummins – $60,000
For more information, visit https://www.doe.in.gov/sebw/idoe-mental-health-systems-care.