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Typical or Troubled School Mental Health Education Grant
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School Social Workers:  Below is information about an exciting grant program for your school district. The American Psychiatric Foundation in partnership with SSWAA is funding grants to provide training for Teachers and School Personnel in High School or Middle School Settings. All training materials are provided. Considering the recent focus on School Mental Health and some of the activities of the SSWAA Legislative Team, this is an excellent opportunity for you to bring staff development funds and training assistance to your district's Secondary Schools. 

Application Deadline:  April 22, 2016

Click here to apply (applications must be submitted online)


About  Typical or Troubled?®

Typical or Troubled?® is a school mental health education program designed to educate teachers and other school staff on: the warning signs of emotional and behavioral health issues in teens; how to talk to students who may be experiencing problems and engage family members: and help connect students to appropriate resources within the school or community. To date, the program has been implemented in 37 states and U.S. territories, educated more than 70,000 educators and other school personnel, reached over 2,100 schools and districts that connect with over a million students. Last year alone, APF provided 25 grants in 20 states, training approximately 8,730 teachers in 101 schools and reaching over 300,000 teenage students.


Importantly, the program has resulted in critical interventions with students in need, ignited positive dialogue and collaboration among the school community, and resulted in establishing or improving referral systems and connections to treatment and services. Studies of the program has shown that the Typical or Troubled?® program enhanced school referral systems and increased the number of mental health referrals over the school year. One grantee noted that, “As of mid-January, we already outpaced our total referral numbers for the entire school year from the one training we provided in November.” In addition, recent studies have shown that school-based intervention programs, with formats of identifying warning signs, talking to the students, and referring students, can reduce the rate of attempted suicide and feelings of suicide by 50%. (Karolinska Institute, 2015).  See Testimonials..

Trainings for Teachers & School Staff:

For those who work in or with two or more middle or high schools and up to ten schools, you are eligible to apply for the Standard Grant to implement the Typical or Troubled?® program. Grant awards are between $500 and $2,000 depending on the number of schools.

All applications must be submitted online. The application deadline is April 22, 2016. Information webinars have been scheduled to answer any questions related to the application. Please click here to register for one of the webinar sessions.

·       Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 3:00 PM EST

·       Wednesday, April 12, 2016 at 3:30 PM EST

In addition to the APA Foundation website, you can also refer to the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.


Trainings for Parents in Spanish & English:

Also, the program materials are in English and Spanish language. The Spanish version of Typical or Troubled?® program called Típico o Problemático?® is a culturally competent adolescent mental health education program designed primarily for Latino parents but can also be used with school staff in predominately Hispanic school communities. The program is similar to the Typical or Troubled program. It was revised and developed with the input of Hispanic families and students, teachers, school administrators, counselors, school social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and community organizations. The result: a variety of culturally relevant educational tools – presentations, scripted notes, facts and figures, role playing exercises, handouts and brochures – that encourage learning and dialogue with parents about their teen’s mental health and how to support their mental health and emotional well-being.  

For more information about Typical or Trouble School Mental Health Education Grants, click hereApplication Deadline:  April 22, 2016

Project Application Information:

Applications are currently being accepted for grants from community organizations, schools, and school districts. Applicants can apply to implement the Typical or Troubled?™ and/or Típico o Problemático?™ programs at high schools and middle schools in their community.

Timeline for Typical or Troubled?™ and Típico o Problemático?™ grant applications:

  April 22, 2016
  Application deadline
  May 6, 2016   Notification of award
  May 9-31, 2016

  Awardees mailed grant upon receipt of a signed contract,

  take survey, & RSVP for Pre-Training Webinar

2016 - 2017 School Year
Implementation of Typical or Troubled?® and/or Típico o Problemático?® programs
and data collection on referrals made to mental health professionals within the school system or externally.



All applications must be submitted online.

Many questions will be answered by going to, Frequently Asked Questions 



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