In 2014, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) awarded a Project AWARE grant to the New Hampshire Department of Education’s (NH DOE) Bureau of Special Education, with involvement of three Local Education Agencies (LEAs): Berlin School District, SAU 18, and SAU 7, with a total of 12 schools. The 5-year grant is designed to improve the climate and safety of schools, while promoting the emotional well being of students, by enhancing behavioral health supports in the school and local community. The NH Project AWARE primary intervention is a pyramid prevention model known as the Multi-tiered System of Supports – Behavioral Health (MTSS-B). The MTSS-B model is used to improve school climate, increase student access to mental health services, engage family and community members, and build local prevention and mental health promotion capacity and infrastructure, with public preschools and schools as implementation hubs. We serve as external evaluators on NH Project AWARE, engaging in mixed method formative and summative process and outcome evaluation and promoting utilization of findings by stakeholders to improve the project.
NH Project AWARE Logic Model
This model is a visual display of the NH Project AWARE theory of change and identifies the inputs and activities that are proposed to lead to the program’s intended outcomes in five major goal areas.
2015-16 NH Project AWARE Annual Evaluation Report
This report summarizes progress of NH’s Project AWARE initiative in its five major goal areas, using a mix of narrative and descriptive quantitative data analysis and visualization.