Safe Schools/Healthy Students Grant Awarded to Pennsylvania!

The Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services was recently was awarded a federal grant of $2 million per year for four years to help create safe and supportive schools and communities. OMHSAS will work in partnership with the Department of Education to implement the grant which will develop exemplary safe and supportive schools in three local education agencies: Penncrest School District, Crawford County; Northeastern School District, York County; and Carbon-Lehigh Intermediate Unit. The State will work with these three school systems and their respective county partners to develop local needs assessment and to implement plans that organize the resources of the schools, child serving agencies, and communities.

The planning process will identify ways to decrease bullying, youth violence and criminal behavior as well as to promote the healthy development, social and emotional learning, and academic achievement of all students. There are many programs that have proven outcomes for youth with serious behavior problems. However, what is lacking is a comprehensive multi-tiered framework which brings together service agencies, community resources, schools, and families with a dedicated commitment to fully support the healthy development of young people.

The basis for the commitment to the SS/HS model is the growing realization among officials in Education, Behavioral Health and Juvenile Justice, along with youth and families, of the need to join forces to address the most difficult challenges for schools and communities.

This will be a four-year project with over $2 million per year in federal funding, with no state funds required.

Currently, applications are being accepted for project director, co-director and administrative assistance. The postings are available at<>. Please note: Deadline for applications is Nov. 13.