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Maryland Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education (MD-AWARE)


Project Staff

  • Dr. Sharon Hoover, Principal Investigator
  • Dr. Nancy Lever, Co-Principal Investigator
  • Dr. Joanna Prout, Clinical Research Supervisor 
  • Taneisha Carter, Clinical Research Assistant


 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, United States Department of Health and Human Services

Length of Award

5 years, starting 10/1/2014


There is a significant need for broader dissemination of evidence-based identification and referral mechanisms in schools and increased awareness of mental health issues in school-age youth. To address this need, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has received a cooperative agreement to:

  • Enhance access to behavioral health in schools; 
  • Implement community and school-wide violence prevention programs; and 
  • Build internal capacity for school staff to identify and address mental health issues.

Project Partners

MSDE will partner with the following three local educational agencies (LEAs) to accomplish these goals: Baltimore County, Dorchester County, and Somerset County.

Evaluation partner: Johns Hopkins School of Public Health 

The Center for School Mental Health is leading the process and outcomes evaluation of MD-AWARE, in collaboration with Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. The evaluation of MD-AWARE will achieve two primary aims: 

Ensure successful implementation of the evaluation of MD-AWARE

Complete process and outcome data collection and provide regular feedback to the participating LEAs

The process assessment evaluates: 

  • Cross-system collaboration, coordination, and sharing across agencies serving children and adolescents 
  • Barriers and facilitators to cross-system collaboration

The outcomes assessment examines:

  • Number of children receiving behavioral health services in the participating LEAs 
  • Number of staff trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid in the participating LEAs
  • Program/contextual/cultural factors associated with outcomes


For more information about the  MD-AWARE evaluation, please contact Dr. Joanna Prout.