What is it?

The Now is the Time Project for Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education (AWARE) program builds capacity at the state and local level to support districts in employing a public health approach to promoting mental wellness and ensuring that when Florida youth do experience mental health problems they have access to effective and coordinated mental health supports. The program supports the state’s effort to scale-up an integrated multi-tiered system of supports to be more inclusive of youth with mental health needs and expand the collaboration of state agencies, district personnel, families, and youth.

Florida AWARE is committed to assisting districts in developing safer schools, improving school climate, increasing awareness of mental health issues, and developing a continuum of social, emotional, and behavioral supports that ensures improved outcomes for all students. Florida AWARE will facilitate the development, implementation, and evaluation of a comprehensive, cross-agency plan developed by the State Management Team and coordinate technical assistance that initially targets three Florida AWARE districts (Pinellas, Polk, and Duval).

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*Project Contact and Coordinator