AWARE Texas

Background

AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education) Texas is a five-year initiative designed to strengthen community and school-based supports for the mental health and resiliency of students. Under a federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has partnered with Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to design and implement this program, which deploys evidence-based mental health resources in fifteen schools along the Texas Gulf Coast. These LEAs were selected based on the devastating effects from Hurricane Harvey.

Map of Texas reflecting the four regions involved in AWARE. The map includes ESC Regions 2, 3, 4, and 5, along with Port Aransas ISD, Refugio ISD, Woodsboro ISD, Goose Creek ISD, and Bridge City ISD.
2,376
Number of School Staff Trained
4,746
Number of Students Impacted by Supports (Tier 1)
1,011
Number of Mental Health Service Events (Tiers 2/3)
13
Number of Policy Changes
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