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Project AWARE

Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education

What is Project AWARE?

The Project AWARE grant, provided through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), aims to increase awareness of behavioral and mental health issues among school-aged youth by promoting awareness among students, training school staff, and providing families with community resources.  The School District of La Crosse was awarded over $2.5 million to support its work under the grant.


Where is the programming implemented?

The Project AWARE grant is being implemented in Chippewa Falls, La Crosse, and Lakeland.


What is the timeline for the Project AWARE grant?

This is a five-year grant that runs from Spring 2019-2024.


What are the goals of Project AWARE?

  1. Increase the capacity for schools to respond to onsite mental health
  2. Increase youth and family voice and authentic engagement
  3. Improve cross-system collaboration to improve mental health supports for children and youth
  4. Increase access to and engagement of mental health wellness and treatment resources for children and youth

Contact Information

Curt Teff

Director of Community Services
(608) 789-7033

Tracy Caravella

Project AWARE Coordinator
(608) 789-5868

Nichole Steffens

Administrative Assistant
(608) 789-7033

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