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K-12 Prevention Education Initiative

Prevention grants are available for grades K-12 for schools in Summit County.

Under the leadership of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and the RecoveryOhio initiative, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) will collaborate to distribute $18 million included in the SFY 2020 budget to support prevention education for students in grades K-12.

Two Children Looking at a Computer ScreenThis state partnership will empower local communities in their efforts to help children build resiliency and reduce risk factors that contribute to the development of behavioral health conditions. This investment will assist communities with the ultimate goal of providing evidence-informed prevention services for every child, in every grade, in every school.  Half of the funds will be distributed to Boards as early as December, 2019.  Program implementation should occur prior to June 30, 2020.  Funds can be allocated schools, by district, or by partnering districts depending on the need of the school system.

In order to receive this funding, schools are asked to complete:

  • partnership agreement due to the ADM Board by December 18, 2019 
  • self-assessment due to the ADM Board by February 14, 2020

    The self-assessments will be reviewed by community partners to include representatives from; ADM Board, Family and Children First Council, State Support Team Region 8, Summit Education Initiative and the Summit County Educational Services Center.

    Self-Assessments will be reviewed by this team and responses shared on March 4, 2020

  • After self-assessments are approved, Schools will develop implementation plans which are due to ADM Board by April 3, 2020. Funds are to be expended by June 30, 2020. Final reporting on use of funding is due from schools to the ADM Board by July 31st.

Frequently Asked Questions

All questions should be sent to


K-12 Prevention Education Initiative Data Portal 

Find information about Prevention Foundations and Definitions, Background and Instructions, Self-Assessment Tool. Prevention Education Plan of Action, Prevention Implementation Report, and PDF versions of tools and documents.

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Resources including Program Examples, Prevention Services Guidance, Letter of Intent, Allocations Guidance, Sample Agreement for Self-Assessment, and Frequently Asked Questions can be accessed through the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. The following list includes some additional webinars and documents

K-12 Prevention Education Funding Informational Overview Webinar (recorded from November 19, 2019) This webinar gives an overview of the prevention funding including background, process, funding, and next steps.

K-12 Prevention Education Initiative Self-Assessment Tool What You Need to Know Webinar (recorded from December 13, 2019)  This webinar provides an in-depth look at the Self-Assessment Tool that will assist Ohio school districts with identifying their current strengths and capacities related to quality social, emotional and behavioral health programming within the school environment.

K-12 Prevention Webinar Attachments and Other Documents Follow this link to find Tools and Templates PDFs, Best Practice Framework and Guidance, FAQs and Funding Information, and the Self-Assessment Tool.


Certified Prevention Agencies These agencies have been certified to provide programs and services to schools in Summit County. Use this information to choose a provider based on your individual school's needs.

Youth Risk Behavior Survey - This survey examines the youth population so prevention strategies can be implemented based on real data collected.

Evidence Based Practice Resources

Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development Program Search

ODE’s Evidence-Based Clearinghouse

OJJDP Model Programs Guide

SAMHSA’s Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center (searchable resources)

Summit County K-12 Prevention Education Initiative Partners:

Kristin Fazio, Director of Student Services Department, Summit Educational Service Center

Janice Houchins, Director, Summit County Family and Children First Council

Beth Kuckuck, Children’s Program Coordinator, Summit County ADM Board

Kim Patton, Addiction, Prevention & Training Coordinator, Summit County ADM Board

Heidi Kerchinski, Educational Consultant, State Support Team, Region 8

Aimee Wade, Associate Director of Clinical Services, Summit County ADM Board

Derran Wimer, Executive Director, Summit Education Initiative

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