Project DelAWARE
  • What is Project DelAWARE?

    Project DelAWARE is a collaborative effort between the Department of Education (DOE), The Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health Services (DPBHS), the UD Center for Disabilities Studies (CDS), the UD Center for Drug and Health Studies (CDHS), and three local school districts – Capital School District, Colonial School District, and Indian River School District. Funding for the project is provided through a 5 year federal SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) grant.

    The overarching purpose of Project DelAWARE is to implement evidence-based mental health services in school settings within the context of the Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) in order to promote wellness and resilience for school-age youth and to improve access to mental health services.

    Project DelAWARE Goals

    • Goal 1: School staff will recognize the principles of MTSS and will understand the referral process to access mental health services for students.
    • Goal 2: Each school district will receive a mental health support team comprised of a Mental Health Professional and a Community Project Manager to assist the district with identifying students with mental health needs, addressing the needs within the each school, coordinating the mental health services within the school setting, and connecting students with resources in the community.
    • Goal 3: Launch a mental health awareness campaign to eliminate the stigma around mental health.
    • Goal 4: Each school will implement a mental health screening process for students and provide mental health services that are evidence-based and proven effective.

    Key Features

    Who’s Involved?

    Delaware Resources

    •  Help is Here - This website pulls together local resources for mental health needs, preventative practices, addiction support, treatment, and recovery services.
    • Mental Health DE - This website provides information on mental health and wellness for youth.  There are resources for supporting youth as well as suicide prevention tools and information.
    • What are ACE's - Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE's) is the term used to describe all types of abuse, neglect, and other potentially traumatic experiences that occur to people under the age of 18.  Find out more information through this link.
    • Nemours Behavioral Health Resources - Nemours has resources available to help support your child adjust to and cope with across multiple areas including death, bullying, divorces, and more.
    • Mental Health Association in Delaware - This website will help you find a wellness group to attend and will educate you on services and suicide prevention.
    • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - NAMI supports mental health in Delaware through a variety of services, including workshops, training, and support groups.

    Important Phone Numbers

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK or text DE to 741741

    Mobile Crisis (Northern DE): 1-800-652-2929 or 1-302-318-6070

    Mobile Crisis (Southern DE): 1-800-345-6785 or 1-302-424-5660

    Delaware Resources: Call 2-1-1

  • Contact Information:

    Heather Godwin
    Project Coordinator - Project DelAWARE
    Delaware Department of Education
    School Support Services
    Phone: 302-857-3386
    Fax: 302-739-1769
    Sandi Syglowski
    Project Co-Coordinator - Project DelAWARE
    Department of Prevention and Behavioral Health Services
Last Modified on September 30, 2019