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FY 2014 Grantee Award Abstracts

Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Programs (CFDA 84.215E)
FY 2014 Applicant Project Abstracts

 

Bering Strait School District (AK) $180,928
Bering Strait School District will hire with the grant funds three counselors to serve no more than two school sites. The project intends to increase contact with other counseling providers, decrease suspension rates, and increase proficiency on statewide assessments for reading and math.  As a result of increased counseling services, students will be able to better cope, concentrate more fully on their academic achievement, and decrease discipline referrals.

Nenana City School District (AK) $289,329
The Nenana City School District Counseling Initiative will ensure to the fullest extent possible the equitable participation of, and access opportunities for, those individuals involved. The initiative will (1) support the hiring of a full-time pre-K-8 counselor to provide currently limited and much needed counseling service on-site, (2) expand student access to counseling and related services targeted to the need of each school’s student population to support measurable improvement in academic and behavioral outcomes, (3) promote effective collaboration among the counselor and community partners, (4) promote family involvement, and (5) provide innovative programming to assist Alaskan Native elementary students in connecting with caring adults/mentors and recognizing and cultivating their leadership skills and enhancing positive life choices.

Kaizen Education Foundation D.B.A. Vista Grove Prepatory Academy (AZ) $380,313
VGPA will implement a CAPS (Counseling Assistance for Partner Schools) program which is a research-based approach to elementary counseling designed by a Task Force of administrators, counselors, teachers, community mental health professionals and parents  to help partner charter schools serving inner-city neighborhoods. The program goals are to (1) increase counseling capacity in at-risk Phoenix, AZ charter elementary schools, (2) provide research-based behavior framework with validated programming to reduce student vulnerability to risk factors, and (3) strengthen student support networks to improve social, emotional and academic growth. To those ends, the program would involve each school (1) hiring a licensed counselor dedicated to the success of elementary students, (2) strengthening behavior management frameworks, offering prevention programs, and support therapeutic counseling efforts, (3) expanding professional development, offering parent programs and sustaining community partnerships, respectively.

ABC Unified School District (CA) $390,613
ABC Unified School District will create a culturally and linguistically responsive integrated service delivery system that ensures robust coordination among all providers and school staff, and connects district structures and community support agencies; provide professional development activities to support school staff; and implement evidence-based programs and effective strategies for positive youth development and prevention, early intervention, and intensive intervention to improve student emotional, behavioral and mental health outcomes.

Anaheim City School District (CA) $397,740
Anaheim City School District (ACSD) will implement JumpStart4Kids to address comprehensive counseling needs of students in three of the district’s elementary schools.  The goal of the project is to expand their counseling program to improve school engagement, environment, safety, and improve family and community engagement.  The project will deliver research-based Tier III school counseling services and provide a comprehensive and cohesive continuum of support which promotes positive youth development in all students.

Baldwin Park Unified School District (CA) $383,621
Baldwin Park Unified School District (BPUSD) will hire one school-based licensed clinical social worker for each of five school sites that are the focus of grant activities.  The project will also expand the schools’ counseling program offerings and increase the range, availability, quantity, and quality of counseling services in the participating schools, and implement policies and practices to facilitate the use of the SDQ mental health screening tool. BPUSD will utilize a developmental and preventative approach to counseling that will address social skills, anger control, and coping strategies, and will support students with siblings or caretakers in the military, homeless youth, and students in foster care.

Chico Unified School District (CA) $394,405
Chico Unified School District grant activities will focus on serving four elementary schools with a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) student support program, increasing school psychologist staffing levels, and adding three counselors in schools where there are currently none.  The project will improve the academic/behavioral/emotional well-being for students at risk of failure.  The project goals are to improve student learning and safety behaviors, reduce bullying, improve school climate, and to enhance student, parent and community engagement through outreach and comprehensive supports.  The PBIS program will be implemented school-wide to serve all of the K-6 students at the four school sites serving 1,800 students.

El Rancho Unified School District (CA) $398,126
El Rancho Unified School District will implement universal prevention and education programs for 5,400 students in grades 6 through 12 and serve an at-risk population of students with intensive strategies designed to promote positive mental health.  The goal of these intensive strategies are to help these students develop the skills and emotional resilience necessary to engage in pro-social behavior, prevent violent behavior and drug use, and provide resources to communities and families.  Training will be provided for school employees, parents, and families to improve and increase family and community engagement.

Fallbrook Union Elementary (CA) $389,437
Fallbrook Union Elementary will implement a program to serve 2,364 students within three elementary schools in the district that currently have minimal to non-existent school counseling services.  The grant funds will be used to hire one school counselor at each school who will focus on providing the counseling services that are designed to better meet the mental health needs through prevention services, screening, and targeted interventions.

Murrieta Valley Unified School District (CA) $326,019
Murrieta Valley USD will expand the provision of mental health services to all 2,065, 2nd and 3rd grade students currently served by 1.7 FTE mental health professionals. The goals of the project are to: (1) hire three school counselors to serve two schools each; (2) reduce disciplinary referrals by implementing evidence-based interventions at all schools; (3) reduce truancy by five percent per year; (4) increase staff awareness of mental health and military-connected student issues by providing staff training; (5) increase parental involvement and providing parental supports and workshops; and (6) develop a sustainable counseling program with increased community participation with an improved referral process to local mental health agency resources.

New Visions Middle School (CA) $381,496
Real Journey Academies (New Visions Middle School) will implement “Project Safety Net,” a counseling program for elementary school-aged students that focuses on prevention, detection, intervention, and treatment of mental health and developmental problems. The project goals are to: (1) build a foundation to provide a safe school environment that is conducive to learning and positive development for all students; (2) enhance the existing infrastructure and services to identify and intervene early for at-risk students; and (3) enhance the capacity to provide intensive interventions for high-risk students. This will be achieved by hiring 5 licensed social workers to work in each participating school, implementing a PBIS framework, and creating a database for tracking mental health and other behavioral issues, among other measures.

Tehema County Department of Education (CA) $356,511
The Tehema County Department of Education program will focus on improving the student to school counselor and other mental health professional ratios in three schools, which currently are well below the recommended student/counselor ratio. The project goals are to: (1) make counseling services available at a ratio of 1 counselor per 150 students (in contrast to the current ratio of 1:906); (2) have 80 percent of students in the three target schools demonstrate increased levels of both social function and developmental assets; (3) decrease the number of student disciplinary referrals by 10 percent and the suspensions for disciplinary reasons by 15 percent; and (4) allow parents to complete the Second Step Parenting Program.

Pueblo School District #60 (CO) $363,112
Pueblo School District No. 60 will extend the current continuum of services and programming by providing access to school-based behavioral health services for elementary and middle school-aged children.  The grant project will fully integrate universal tiered, evidence-based programming in all kindergarten classrooms, and focus on the complete integration of PBIS across all school settings.

Lapwai School District #341 (ID) $270,968
The Lapwai School District will implement the PBIS as the primary framework for project activities.  Each school will hire qualified mental health professionals in their elementary schools with the goal of reducing discipline referrals.  The project will implement prevention and intervention strategies that will meet the student’s social and emotional needs to support the overall well-being of each student.  The project will focus on increasing student protective factors with a goal of increasing their capacity to engage in positive behavior, increasing social competency and academic achievement.

Fort Wayne Community Schools (IN) $396,436
Fort Wayne Community Schools will implement the RISE (Responsive Interventions Support Excellence) Project.  The program’s primary goal is the development and implementation of an effective mental health and behavioral support system for at-risk elementary students in grades K-5.  The project will improve school, family, community engagement, and the student environment in the district’s schools.

Labette County Unified School District #506 (KS) $361,057
Labette County Unified School District will implement a comprehensive and coordinated
school counseling program to support the overall well-being of their elementary students.  The project will provide enhanced elementary counseling services in five elementary schools in the district.  The district will use the grant funds to hire two full-time social workers and four licensed school counselors to provide direct counseling services to students through evidence-based programming.

Campbell Co. Board of Education Public Properties Corp., Ther (KY) $386,502
The Campbell County Board of Education project will expand professional school counseling programs in the district’s elementary schools by decreasing the rate of counselors per student from 1:385 to 1:165 and providing additional supports and training to counselors. The projects goals are to: (1) connect with a local institution of higher education’s school counseling program to create a “counseling laboratory” model; (2) to improve school engagement, school environment and school safety; (3)improve family and community engagement; and (4) to provide targeted support to military families, especially for students with family members on active military duty.

Campbell Co. Board of Education Public Properties Corp., Ther (KY) $335,759
The Campbell County Board of Education project will expand professional school counseling programs in the district’s secondary schools by decreasing the rate of counselors per student from 1:330 to 1:240 and providing additional supports and training to counselors. The projects goals are to: (1) connect with a local institution of higher education’s school counseling program to create a “counseling laboratory” model; (2) to improve school engagement, school environment and school safety; (3)improve family and community engagement; and (4) to provide targeted support to military families, especially for students with family members on active military duty.

Erlanger-Elsmere Schools (KY) $397,480
Erlanger-Elsmere Schools will use the grant funds to hire mental health professionals, train new and existing school staff, and implement data collection, analysis and processes.  The project will assess the impact of the school counseling intervention services, incorporate the Student Success Skills program, and implement the PBIS framework in four schools serving 1,100 students.

Woodford County Public Schools (KY) $343,941
Woodford County School District will implement a program to expand and improve student access to counseling services that will contribute to the personal and educational growth of at-risk students grades K-5 in various local elementary schools. The project will: (1) implement a balanced and comprehensive developmental guidance and counseling program serving 1,721 students that includes guidance curriculum, responsive services, individual planning, and system support components; (2) provide integrated physical, academic, and developmental programs that improve student academic success, health, and social/emotional well-being;  and (3) provide training to all staff to help develop and upgrade their skills for supporting student mental health and development. The project goals include reducing disciplinary incidents, improving student/counselor ratios, improving school attendance rates, and expanding the availability of mental health services to students from military families.

Education Connection (CT) $396,673
Education Connection is a Regional Educational Service Center providing programs and services for 30 member districts in CT, including Newtown Public Schools (NPS). The needs of NPS students are undeniably unique. The project’s goal are to establish a comprehensive, cohesive continuum of elementary school-based counseling services that promote healthy youth development, early detection of needs, and result in coordinated early intervention and treatment services for the 1,500 K-4 students in Newtown’s Sandy Hook, Hawley, Head O’Meadow, and Middle Gate Schools.

North River Collaborative (MA) $366,605
North River Collaborative’s “Behavioral Health Initiative” will focus on the implementation of a comprehensive, multi-tiered system of school-based services for the district’s schools that will be the target of grant activities.  The project will: (1) increase the number of school social workers from 2.5 to 7.7, thereby increasing the recommended social worker ratios; (2) improve the school learning environment and increase safety by decreasing the number of disciplinary referrals; and (3) provide training and consultation to educators in the targeted schools to increase their capacity to meet the mental health needs of students.  The project will increase access to culturally competent mental health services for students to improve social-emotional functioning, and decrease disciplinary referrals across twenty schools.

Buncombe County Schools (NC) $397,290
Buncombe County Schools will implement a program that provides a curriculum that supports socio-emotional learning and anti-bullying strategies; implement trauma-focused counseling; and implement an accountability system to monitor safe schools plans and the results of individual behavioral interventions. The program will serve all 10,500 students in 26 Buncombe County schools in grades K-6, while providing intensive supports for high-risk students who evidence the need for higher-level interventions.

Wake County Public School System (NC) $329,973
Wake County Public School System will implement a program to expand the counseling program in four elementary schools (serving approximately 2,400 students) while also developing support services to address the needs of military-connected students and their families. The “ACHIEVE SUCCESS” program increases counseling staff at each school to provide targeted education and prevention services with emphasis on school attendance, bullying prevention and intervention, classroom behavior, and meeting the mental health needs of military-connected families. The program aims to reduce the student to counselor ratio from 533:1 currently to 250:1.

Westside Community Schools (NE) $397,016
Westside Community Schools will implement a program to enhance the scope and availability of counseling and mental health services across the entire school district.  The program will be guided by two overarching goals: 1) to promote academic success among all students in the district; and 2) to promote the behavioral, social, and emotional development of all students in the district.  The project will promote the district-wide implementation of an evidenced-based set of interventions focused on addressing unhealthy student behaviors.  This will be implemented in 13 school sites serving 6,000 students.

Nashua School District (NH) $395,469
Nashua School District will implement a program based on the Interconnected Systems Framework to support healthy positive youth development, prevent problem student behavior, allow for early intervention and provide assistance to students with chronic and severe problems attending two schools with 799 students targeted for services. The project will focus on: (1) providing a comprehensive, coordinated multi-tiered continuum of school and community mental health and counseling supports; (2) enhancing collaborative partnerships between the schools and community partners resulting in improved access to mental health care and afterschool activities; (3) hiring  mental health professionals; (4) increasing the use of evidence-based primary, secondary and tertiary prevention and crisis intervention practices; and (5) providing professional development for school personnel.

The Cheektowaga Central School District (NY) $325,585
The Cheektowaga Central School District will implement a variety of evidence-based prevention programs. The grant funds will be used to hire additional counselors that will assess students overall social and emotional well-being as it pertains to improving their overall behavioral health.

John V. Lindsay Wildcat Academy Charter School (NY) $394,690
John V. Lindsay Wildcat Academy Charter School will implement a program to serve a consortium which includes 4 charter schools with 3,200 students in grades 7 through 12.  The project will seek to increase the use of evidence-based mental health prevention, intervention, and follow-up support services; develop and implement early screening assessments, and referral policies and procedures; increase the number of students referred for mental health services; and provide training for all adults working in participating schools on early warning signs of mental illness and mental health protocols. 

Southern Cayuga Central School District (NY) $398,080
Southern Cayuga Central School District will implement an evidence-based counseling program (Student Assessment & Resilience Team) in five elementary schools which will target counseling services to 600 students.  The school counseling services will focus on significantly improving the social and emotional well-being behavior of students being served. The project intends to reduce student’s levels of anxiety, impulse disorders, and depression.

Sullivan County Board of Cooperative Education Services (NY) $398,279
Sullivan County Board of Cooperative Education Services will implement the CARES (Counseling At-Risk Elementary Students) program for 4,700 high-risk elementary students in eight high-needs school districts in Sullivan County. The CARES program is a research-based approach to elementary counseling that will help partner schools in rural communities expand counseling capacity by hiring counselors, strengthening behavioral frameworks, offering expanded prevention programs, and expanding professional development for school staff.

Uniondale Union Free School District (NY) $394,082
Uniondale Union Free School District will implement a program that will expand the district’s current elementary school counseling program for elementary students in the districts K-6 grades.  The project will hire three additional counselors to serve students in seven of their elementary schools.  The project will use high-quality and timely data to improve instructional practices, policies and student outcomes.  Additionally, project activities will focus on improving attendance and school discipline, and reducing suspensions.

Beggs Public School District (OK) $362,342
Beggs Public School District will implement a program that will integrate new and current services to correct identified problem behaviors, to prevent student drug use, and violence before it starts.  The project also will focus on promoting students’ cooperation with their peers, setting standards of behavior, developing healthy student/family relationships, increasing parental involvement in schools, building student emotional resiliency, and strengthening communication and problem-solving skills.  All students in all three elementary and middle schools in the district will participate in the program.

Caney Valley, Oklahoma Independent School District (OK) $311,056
Caney Valley, Oklahoma Independent School District will implement a program that intends to increase the number of counselors, social workers, and psychologists, and utilize a research-based curriculum to improve student outcomes for 757 students in K-12 schools.  The program will improve the school environment and promote school safety by administering the Olweus Bullying Prevention curriculum, Second Step, and Project Alert.

Hydro-Eakly Public Schools (OK) $213,340
Hydro-Eakly Public Schools will implement a program to address four factors that put children at risk of social and academic failure: 1) poor academic performance; 2) lack of knowledge of proper behavior; 3) dysfunctional home situations; and 4) abject poverty. The project will hire mental health professionals that will spend the majority of their time in small group and/or one-on-one counseling sessions. School safety will be addressed through targeted programs focused on improving school climate.

Maryetta Public School (OK) $370,506
Maryetta Public School will implement the “iCAN” (integrating Counseling, Academics, and Networking Behavioral & Mental Health Resources) project. The program’s goals include hiring two counselors, one social worker, and one psychologist to better serve 594 children.  The project will focus on decreasing discipline referrals by 10 percent per year, improving the school environment with a minimum of 80 percent of mental health staff time dedicated to providing counseling and other services to students, and increasing parental involvement.

David Douglas School District #40 (OR) $326,291
David Douglas School District #40 will implement a program to improve student mental health services through the hiring of a school-based counselor and two social workers; improve data design, collection and analysis, and provide instructional strategies through designated collaboration time and professional development geared solely to understanding mental health and behavior issues and how to develop positive youth behaviors.  Improved awareness of tiered services and how to assist students in accessing them will be an important component of the professional development strategy.

Scranton School District (PA) $396,000
Scranton School District will implement a multi-tiered prevention and strategic intervention initiative that will focus on: (1) promoting students’ social, emotional and behavioral self-management skills; (2) promoting healthy development; and (3) addressing specific behavioral and mental health needs of students. Using an evidence-based and school-wide positive behavioral support systems all students will be taught and held accountable for demonstrating appropriate social, emotional, and behavioral skills.

Crockett Independent School District (TX) $380,350
Crockett Independent School District will implement Project HELP to create a unified counseling program that provides: (1) an ASCA Counseling Audit and a developmental counseling program in conjunction with a curriculum which addresses bullying, substance abuse, refusal and resistance skills, social skills that is consistent with the American School Counseling Model; (2) a decreased student/counselor ratio by hiring two full-time counselors with a focus on candidates who are culturally and linguistically representative of the district’s population; and (3) sustained professional development opportunities for staff.

Fort Worth Independent School District (TX) $392,066
Fort Worth Independent School District will implement a program to improve the social and emotional health of its students by expanding counseling services in its elementary schools.  The project will focus on preventative mental health approaches that can be replicated across the district by hiring three additional counselors dedicated to 12 targeted high-need elementary schools serving a total of 8,600 students. An anti-bullying program will be expanded to include a complete guidance curriculum, and training in PBIS.

Laurens County School District #56 (SC) $306,409
Laurens County School District #56 will implement a program in three of the district’s elementary schools that will address the counseling needs of 1,421 students.  The project goals and outcomes will address closing the gap in student to counselor ratios.  The project intends to use a PBIS framework to improve student behavior, school safety, and student, family, and community engagement.  Project activities will address multiple levels of prevention and intervention and include the development of a standardized student counseling and mental health services plan.

Oshkosh Area School District (WI) $394,169
Oshkosh Area School District will implement a program that will utilize three evidence-based approaches as part of a comprehensive counseling services model which aims to reduce counselor time spent on reactive interventions and increase time for developmental, preventive counseling by adopting a more pro-social approach to classroom management and trauma response.  The project will serve more than 4,300 students in grades K-5 in 14 schools.


 
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