EMPOWERING
HEALTHIER FREQUENCIES

Project AWARE Indiana is committed to Changing the Frequency surrounding mental health awareness and education by prioritizing mental wellness and providing tools to support collective growth and change. Demonstration sites were developed in three socioeconomically diverse communities in the Fall of 2018 (Cohort 1) and expanded to include eight additional partnership districts (Cohort 2) in 2021. Three more school districts were added in early 2022, with the launch of Project AWARE II. All Project AWARE sites are working to create sustainable school-based mental health systems and supports for future statewide implementation.

Katrina Barhydt

Elkhart Community School Partners

Renee Hood

Garrett-Keyser-Butler Community School Partners

Matchbook Learning at Wendell Phillips School 63 Partners

Project Aware I COHORT 1

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KRISTA FAY

The Mental Wellness Team in Avon continues to support universal SEL with teachers and school counselors, small group interventions, and individual interventions with school social workers and school-based community mental health workers. Krista is a certified Youth Mental Health First Aid trainer and works in collaboration with school resource officers to ensure a holistic crisis response.

AVON COMMUNITY SCHOOL PARTNERS
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Hendricks County Health Partnership Logo
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Hendricks County Mental Health and Wellness Coalition
Avon Education Foundation
Department of Child Services
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Indiana Youth Institute Logo
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Perry Central Community Schools

KELLY CASH

Perry’s mental health team, made up of social workers and counselors, provides supports for referred students. Using Panorama as a universal screener, the district’s MTSS team has done extensive planning and data analysis in order to increase referrals and wrap-around services for students and families. Included on this team is the School Resources Officer whose intentional focus on relationships with students has helped create alignment between the district’s school safety and mental health supports.

PERRY CENTRAL COMMUNITY SCHOOL PARTNERS
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Indiana 21st Century Community Learning Center Logos
LifeSpring Health Systems Logo
Indiana Department of Child Services Logo
Purdue Extension Logo
Perry County Strong Family Strong Community Logo
Crisis Connections Logo
Lincoln Hills Development Corporation
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DR. MEGAN KIRK
Vigo’s focus over the past few years has been on implementing restorative practices, creating a staff mental health and wellness course, expanding Handle With Care infrastructure, developing a clear and reliable crisis referral process, and engaging many community mental health and medical providers to increase and improve services for youth in the district. Vigo continues to offer Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings to faculty and staff—enabling them to better assist students that may be experiencing a mental health crisis.

VIGO COUNTY COMMUNITY SCHOOL PARTNERS
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Hamilton Center Inc Logo
FSA Counseling Center Logo
Vigo County Education Foundation
Team of Mercy Logo
Peace Learning Center Logo
Indiana State University Logo
Harsha Behavioral Center Logo
Vigo County Public Library Logo
Rooted Ground Counseling
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Rooted Ground Counseling
Handle With Care
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KRISTA FAY
This newfound support has allowed Avon to establish a district Mental Wellness Team, who collaboratively developed a programmatic structure aligned with the district’s Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) activities. Krista continues to ensure cohesion and smooth transition between Avon Community School Corporation and community mental health provider, Cummins.

AVON COMMUNITY SCHOOL PARTNERS
Cummins Behavioral Health System, Inc. Logo
Hendricks County Health Partnership Logo
Red Indiana University Bring Change 2 Mind Logo
Hendricks County Mental Health and Wellness Coalition
Blue Butler University Logo
Care to Change Logo
Hendricks County Systems of Care Logo
Indiana Youth Institute Logo
Indiana Jobs for American's Graduates Logo
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KELLY CASH
During this time, they developed a unique SEL curriculum for grades K-12 using IDOE’s competencies and lesson plans. Additionally, two of the district’s mental health leaders attended a seven-day Conscious Discipline training and shared their learnings with all teachers at their Back to School Retreat. This helped create a shared vision and language for positive discipline and behavior supports. Perry’s efforts are strengthened by social workers and counselors who provide tier-two supports.

PERRY CENTRAL COMMUNITY SCHOOL PARTNERS
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Blue Indiana Youth Services Association Logo
Cornerstone Counseling of Indiana Logo
LifeSpring Health Systems Logo
Indiana 21st Century Community Learning Center Logos
Purdue Extension Logo
Indiana Department of Child Services Logo
Perry County Strong Family Strong Community Logo
Crisis Connections Logo
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DR. MEGAN KIRK
Vigo has strengthened their partnership with community health provider to provide Youth Mental First Aid trainings for educators, mental health workers, and additional school staff. In 2019, 209 Vigo participants took part in this training to decrease stigma associated with mental health problems and increase knowledge of early warning signs of mental illness. Vigo continues to offer Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings to faculty and staff—enabling them to better assist students that may be experiencing a mental health crisis.

VIGO COUNTY COMMUNITY SCHOOL PARTNERS
Mental Health America Wabash Valley Region Logo
Hamilton Center Inc Logo
FSA Counseling Center Logo
Vigo County Education Foundation
Team of Mercy Logo
Peace Learning Center Logo
Indiana State University Logo
Vigo County Public Library Logo
Hope Squad Organization Logo
Harsha Behavioral Center Logo
Indiana University Bring Change 2 Mind

Project Aware I COHORT 2

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STUDENT WELLNESS PRACTICES & SUPPORTS DATABASE

Made in partnership with Project AWARE, the Indiana Department of Education, and the Indiana University School of Social Work—the Student Wellness Practices and Supports database serves the public in the identification and promotion of practices, programs, and implementation strategies that each Indiana public school district employs to advance student wellness.

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STUDENT WELLNESS PRACTICES & SUPPORTS DATABASE

Made in partnership with Project AWARE, the Indiana Department of Education, and the Indiana University School of Social Work—the Student Wellness Practices and Supports database serves the public in the identification and promotion of practices, programs, and implementation strategies that each Indiana public school district employs to advance student wellness.

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Indiana Department of Education
Change the Frequency
Division of Mental Health and Addiction

All activities and resources shown on this website are a result of the FY 2018 and FY 2021 Project AWARE –SEA grant awarded to the Indiana Department of Education by the Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), FOA, No. SM-18-006, CFDA No. 93.243.

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