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Whole Child Supports

Prevention Education Grant

The Ohio Department of Education and Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) are partnering on prevention education initiatives for K-12 schools. The budget provides $1 million in each fiscal year (Fiscal Year 2020 and Fiscal Year 2021) for the Ohio Department of Education to invest in professional development grants to educational service centers to train educators and related service personnel on the model and tenets of prevention of risky behaviors, including substance abuse, suicide, bullying, and other harmful behaviors. Educational service centers submitted compelling proposals intended to empower local communities and their districts and schools in their efforts to help students build resiliency and reduce risky behaviors.

The grant is intended to strengthen community partnerships and enhance the delivery and impact of evidence-based prevention education. The Muskingum Valley ESC partners with the AMESC, other educational service centers, and alcohol, drug addiction, and mental 2 health services (ADAMHS) boards in their project regions to:

  • Ensure school personnel receive professional development in prevention education and the model and tenets of prevention of risky behaviors, including substance abuse, suicide, bullying, and other harmful behaviors;

  • Provide professional development and technical assistance for prevention education planning, implementation, data gathering, and capacity development based on local needs;

  • Assist districts in identifying funding options for prevention and related professional development, such as K-12 prevention education funds, student wellness and success funds, school climate grants, school safety grants, and other local, state, or federal dollars.

  • Help districts leverage local, state, and federal funds to support the implementation and sustainability of prevention programs and strategies.

Student Wellness and Success Plan

The Ohio Department of Education's Student Wellness and Success page explains:

Each Child, Our Future, Ohio’s strategic plan for education, seeks to ensure each student is challenged, prepared, and empowered for his or her future by way of an excellent prekindergarten-grade 12 education. Ohio’s schools can succeed by meeting the needs of the whole child – the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual aspects of the child’s well-being.


With House Bill 166, passed in July 2019, Ohio invested $675 million to help districts and schools support their students’ academic achievement through mental health counseling, wraparound services, mentoring, and after-school programs. School districts will work with local organizations to determine community needs and resources so they can use the state dollars to make the greatest impact on students’ lives.

The AMESC districts collaboratively plan and launch these student wellness initiatives.  The plan can be found here.