NORRISTOWN — The Montgomery County Intermediate Unit has been awarded a $7.2 million four-year grant by the Substance Abuse and Psychological Well being Providers Administration.
This extremely aggressive Venture AWARE grant, for which the intermediate unit will obtain $1.8 million a 12 months for 4 years, has solely been awarded to roughly 20 entities throughout america.
Venture AWARE is a nationwide grant created to develop a sustainable infrastructure for school-based psychological well being applications and companies. The intermediate unit gives applications and companies to Montgomery County college districts, profession and technical faculties, personal faculties and different organizations. Via its direct service to college students, particularly these most in danger, the intermediate unit has been in a position to determine methods to help college students and their households to navigate psychological well being helps and companies.
“This grant award is a serious recognition for the MCIU and displays all of the exhausting work and accomplishments of our MCIU staff in supporting college students and households throughout the area,” Government Director Regina Speaker stated in a press launch issued by the Intermediate Unit. “We respect the help of Senator Robert Casey and Congresswoman Madeleine Dean and plenty of different companions, together with the Pennsylvania Division of Training, for this grant mission.”
The grant mission will: develop suicide consciousness coaching alternatives for college students(Ok-12), implement a common psychological well being screener to be utilized by college district or nonpublic college employees members and create an digital knowledge system to attach college psychological well being practitioners (e.g. psychologists, social employees and counselors) with community-based psychological well being suppliers which have fast availability to help college students in all ranges of care (outpatient remedy to inpatient psychiatric care).
The MCIU is partnering with two different intermediate models on this mission — Luzerne and Carbon-Lehigh County Intermediate Models — to proactively handle college students’ psychological well being wants.
RCPA recommends members within the Montgomery County area interact with the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit and native college districts for planning and discussions on how your continuum of companies could profit pupil psychological well being within the faculties.
In case you have additional questions, please contact RCPA Youngsters’s Psychological Well being Director Jim Sharp.