Mental Health Promotion Grant
UNITE! Washougal Community Coalition and Washougal School District are pleased to announce the selection of Second Step as their curriculum selection for the Mental Health Promotion Grant from the Department of Behavioral Health and Recovery.
Washougal School District partnered last November with UNITE! and was awarded a $20,000 grant to bring Mental Health Promotion curriculum to the classroom. These partners began the curriculum selection process began by forming a committee of parents, teachers, counseling staff and community members. This committee included Counselor Jerolyn Friesen, staff and, community members Tiffany Gilbreath, Cindi Freeman, Nicol Yung, Laura Allworth, Heather Jordan, Brandey Young, Courtney Wilkinson, Heather Marshall, Diane Shaver and administrators Allan Fleck and David Tudor, who all gave generously of their time to make this selection possible.
This curriculum was chosen from a preselected list of evidenced based curriculums that have mental health promotion outcomes as well as substance abuse prevention results. This committee developed their own evaluation tools which included factors such as whole school inclusion, healthy skill development, effective communication, empathy development and relationship building. After reviewing curriculum and meeting several times to discuss the needs of our community, the committee has selected Second Step to implement in the Preschool to Grade 5.
As part of this voluntary participation in adoption of this curriculum, each grade level, pre-school and elementary school will receive at least one curriculum kit as well as training in the curriculum. Some of this training will be available on-line and staff who choose to participate in the roll out will be compensated for their training time.
We are excited to provide this opportunity for positive mental health promotion and substance abuse prevention outcomes in our community.