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Mental Health Center Partners with Manchester Schools for Project Aware

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The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester (MHCGM) is happy to announce our continued partnership with The Manchester School District in implementing Project Aware, a $7.6 million federal grant that will help the District improve student outcomes by providing support for students regarding mental health, substance misuse, and school safety.

“The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester is proud to expand upon our partnership with the Manchester School District in strengthening access to high-quality behavioral health supports for the youth in our community,” said Jonathan Routhier, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester. “By providing on-site clinicians who are well-trained in evidence-based practices, we can support students where they are learning and help them gain resilience and skills they need for success in their education and community life.”

Manchester School District’s work on this project has been led by Stacy Champey, who joined
the district several years ago as its first MTSS-B Coach and now serves as MTSS-B Director & Project AWARE Director.“I am excited to be leading this work for the Manchester School District in collaboration with our community partners,” Champey said. “This funding will allow us to build capacity around current work while creating the sustainable structures and systems needed to support student behavioral health. We have a responsibility to the whole student, and addressing behavioral health from prevention through intervention supports positive outcomes for our students.”

Currently, four clinicians from the Children & Adolescent Division of MHCGM are working in the Manchester schools to provide behavioral health services under Project Aware. In addition, MHCGM clinical staff members provide mental health services within all 21 schools that make up the Manchester School District, to include 13 elementary, 4 middle, and 4 high schools serving 12,508 students.  MHCGM clinical staff members are also embedded with the Londonderry Schools North and South, as well as within numerous community partner organizations such as Amoskeag Health, Boys and Girls Club, Friends of Aine, and Girls Inc.

The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester is the largest and most comprehensive outpatient mental health facility in the state of New Hampshire. MHCGM employs nearly 500 and serves over 11,000 children, teens, and adults each year. The Center’s subsidiary programs include Bedford Counseling Associates, North End Counseling, The Cypress Center, and Community Support Services. MHCGM is a registered 501(c) 3 organization.

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