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More Than $76 Million in Grants Awarded to Schools and Communities To Promote Healthy Childhood Development in FY 2005

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Since 1999, the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Justice have collaborated on the Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) Initiative. The SS/HS Initiative is a discretionary grant program that provides students, schools, and communities with federal funding to implement an enhanced, coordinated, comprehensive plan of activities, programs, and services that focus on promoting healthy childhood development and preventing violence and alcohol and other drug abuse. Eligible local educational agencies (LEAs) or a consortium of LEAs, in partnership with their community's local public mental health authority, local law enforcement agency, and local juvenile justice entity, are able to submit a single application for federal funds to support a variety of activities, curriculums, programs, and services.

The SS/HS Initiative draws on the best practices of education, justice, social services, and mental health systems to provide integrated and comprehensive resources for prevention programs and prosocial services for youth. To apply for SS/HS, FY 2005 grantees and their partners proposed an integrated, comprehensive, communitywide, and community-specific plan to address the problems of school violence and alcohol and other drug abuse. This plan focused on six elements:
  • Element 1: Safe school environment.
  • Element 2: Alcohol and other drugs and violence prevention and early intervention programs.
  • Element 3: School and community mental health preventive and treatment intervention services.
  • Element 4: Early childhood psychosocial and emotional development programs.
  • Element 5: Supporting and connecting schools and communities.
  • Element 6: Safe school policies.
SS/HS grantee's comprehensive plans are designed to provide students, schools, and families with a network of effective services, supports, and activities that help students develop the skills and emotional resilience necessary to promote positive mental health, engage in prosocial behavior, and prevent violent behavior and drug use; create schools and communities that are a safe, disciplined, and drug-free environment; and engage parents, community organizations, and social services agencies to help develop an infrastructure that will institutionalize and sustain successful grant components after federal funding has ended.

SS/HS grant applicants are eligible for 3 consecutive years of funding. Continuation funding is subject to the availability of federal funds and progress achieved by the grantee. The maximum yearly award for SS/HS grants is $1 million for rural school districts and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) schools, $2 million for suburban school districts, and $3 million for urban districts.

In making awards under this grant program, the federal SS/HS partners may (1) take into consideration the geographic distribution and diversity of activities addressed by the projects, in addition to the rank order of the applicant's scores, and (2) in accordance with Section 75.217 (d) of the Education Department General Administrative Regulations, ensure equitable distribution of grants under this initiative among urban, suburban, rural, and BIA LEAs. Contingent on the availability of funds, the federal SS/HS partners may make additional awards in fiscal year (FY) 2006 from the rank-ordered list of scores of unfunded applicants from this competition.

SS/HS Initiative FY 2005 New Grant Awards
Ketchikan Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District $908,690
Vail Vail School District #20 $1,408,449
Georgetown Black Oak Mine Unified School District $901,961
San Diego San Diego County Schools $2,605,358
Watsonville Pajaro Valley Unified School District $2,833,093
Oroville Butte County Office of Education $1,755,804
Pomona Pomona Unified School District $2,902,497
Costa Mesa Orange County Superintendent of Schools $2,483,598
Ontario Ontario-Montclair School District $2,840,253
Costa Mesa Newport-Mesa Unified School District $2,744,545
Washington Mary McLeod Bethune Day Academy Public Charter School $2,748,408
Miami School Board of Miami - Dade County $1,797,643
Ashburn Turner County Board of Education $955,400
Rexburg Madison School District $955,584
West Chicago West Chicago Elementary Schools District #33 $1,504,036
Evansville Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation $2,808,255
Keosauqua Van Buren Community Schools $919,524
Baton Rouge East Baton Rouge Parish School System $2,810,598
Hiram Maine School Administrative District 55 $952,631
Westover Somerset County Schools $1,212,053
Flint Flint Community Schools $2,776,371
New London New London - Spicer Public Schools ISD #345 $951,417
Newark Newark Public Schools $2,565,985
Magdalena Alamo Navajo School Board Inc. $557,404
Uniondale Uniondale Union Free School District $1,853,421
Rome Rome City School District $2,613,319
Sparta Highland Local Schools $819,796
Springfield Springfield City Schools $2,567,124
Hillsboro Hillsboro School District $2,813,356
Lancaster School District of Lancaster $2,147,864
Lancaster Lancaster County School District $894,523
Mullins Marion County School District #2 $813,679
New Braunfels New Braunfels Independent School District $1,762,311
Round Rock Round Rock Independent School District $2,399,330
Bristol Bristol Tennessee City Schools $2,736,680
Cleveland Bradley County School District $2,773,238
Memphis Shelby County Schools $1,824,048
Wautoma Wautoma Area School District $959,569
Lacey North Thurston Public Schools $1,851,026
Anacortes Northwest Educational Services District #189 $2,638,966

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