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Jamie Like has been named the Project AWARE Director for Henderson County Schools

Henderson was one of three school districts in the state to be invited to apply for the Project AWARE II grant (through the Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Education. The purpose of the Kentucky AWARE II project is to increase awareness of mental health issues among school-age youth and to support school personnel, parents, and other adults who interact with youth to identify, respond, and refer youth and their families to needed services.

The Project AWARE II grant will enable Henderson County Schools to hire three additional new Mental Health Counselors (for a total of seven mental health counselor for the district), provide Youth Mental Health First Aid training to school staff and the community, provide Trauma-Informed Care training for school staff, partner with local community mental health providers and purchase Social Emotional Learning curricula for schools and offer monthly parent trainings around mental health-related topics.

“Henderson County Schools has invested in mental health programs for our students over the past several years. The opportunity that we now have with the Project Aware grant will have a significant impact on our students, families, and communities,” states Marganna Stanley, Superintendent of Henderson County Schools.

The Kentucky Department of Education was one of 120 state and local education agencies to be awarded an Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education (AWARE) grant last fall. In addition to providing training on how to detect students’ mental health needs, the grant will also improve the coordination of youth mental health services across the state.

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For more information, please contact Director of Public Information
Megan Mortis at 270.831.5000 or email megan.mortis@henderson.kyschools.us

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