Congressman Tim Ryan Announces Kent State University to Receive $357,000 in Federal Research Funding

Sep 2, 2015 Issues: Education

Kent, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan is announcing $357,000 from the Center for Mental Health Services of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for Project AWARE to be awarded to Kent State University for a three-year research grant.

“Kent State University understands the importance of providing mental health services to their students, faculty and staff,” said Congressman Ryan. “I want to commend Drs. Deric Kenne and Rebecca Fischbein and the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Portage County for their commitment to this important work.

“Project AWARE Kent is a collaborative effort between Kent State University, the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Portage County and behavioral health agencies within the Kent community,” said Dr.Deric Kenne, the Associate Director of the Division of Drug Research at Kent State University. “It will add to an ongoing effort to improve University and community response to mental health and substance abuse issues through education and awareness.”

This award from the Department of Health and Human Services will provide funding to train a team of university and community professionals to provide the Mental Health First Aid program to more than 700 Kent State University students, faculty and staff over the next three years.  Individuals receiving the Mental Health First Aid program will learn how to identify and assist students who are struggling with mental health or substance use disorders or experiencing a mental health crisis.   

The Center for Mental Health Services works to strengthen the mental health system in the United States by assisting states to improve and increase the quality and range of their treatment, rehabilitation, and support, and makes it easier for people to access mental health programs.