Mini Grants 2014

Alcorn State University
Project Director: Martha Ravola, PhD
Project Title: Journey of Understanding (JOU 3.0)

Project Description: The purpose of the JOU 3.0 Program is to: promote awareness and identification of behavioral health issues through an innovative student led initiative; to establish peer support groups and to promote healthy living practices in the student community; and to develop activities for sustainable behavioral health promotion on campus. JOU 3.0 is the third installment of ASU’s Journey of Understanding Program. JOU 3.0’s theme, “Healing the Wounds of Discrimination,” is designed to foster healthier attitudes and behaviors that yield a more inclusive and supportive campus community free of discrimination of any type.

As a part of this project, students will lead sessions where various forms of relationship concerns are presented. They will outline positive strategies and messages of hope as well as process and debrief the experience with participants. To further add to this project, the local chapter of Active Minds will serve as a liaison between students and the campus’ mental health community to increase students’ awareness of issues, provide information and resources and encourage students to seek help in a timely manner.


Benedict State College
Project Director: Millercin Weeks
Project Title: WEUSI II Project

Project Description: The purpose of the WEUSI Project is to develop and implement programs and activities that provide information about behavioral health issues along with identifying and disseminating behavioral health resources. The goals of the project are to train 10 student participants/interns to become knowledgeable about mental health issues that are of particular concern within the Benedict community and to develop a minimum of 3 campus-wide activities designed to increase knowledge about behavioral health and the campus and community resources.

Bluefield State College

Project Director: Anthony T. Woart, PhD, MBA
Project Title: Bluefield State College (BSC) Student Empowerment/Suicide Prevention Behavioral Health Program

Project Description: The purpose of this project is to: increase workforce development opportunities for BSC students by providing internship opportunities in the field of mental health to at least three BSC students majoring in the social science and to; increase suicide awareness and prevention among BSC students.

Through a partnership with ResCare, internship opportunities will be provided to at least three students majoring in the socials sciences. Additionally, three student peer leaders will be trained to provide leadership in campus suicide awareness and prevention activities on campus, and the program will work to increase the level of suicide awareness and prevention among BSC students by disseminating informational materials and providing a web resource for campus-based suicide awareness and prevention.

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

Project Director: Lorna Best, MPH
Project Title: Using the Creative Arts to Promote Behavioral Health and Community at Cheyney University

Project Description: The purpose of this project is to increase collaborative efforts across the campus and to provide a comprehensive nurturing and supportive environment to ensure that students are retained and successfully graduate. This program plans to address this through the development of student behavioral health workshops and a final cumulative assessment tool. Additionally the university will offer a venue for students to express themselves through poetry, dance, music, singing, and other arts as a form of therapeutic expression.

Claflin University

Project Directors: Gloria S. McCutcheon, PhD and Anisah Bagasra, PhD
Project Title: Understanding and Preventing Substance Abuse

Project Description: The purpose of this project is to provide an accurate and comprehensive picture of alcohol consumption among African American students at Historically Black Colleges and or Universities in order to provide more focused interventions. Through this project, Claflin will determine the rates, patterns and consequences of alcohol consumption for African American students attending HBCUs; identify the influence of religion (if any) on alcohol consumption among HBCU students; determine students’ attitudes and knowledge toward other forms of substance abuse, including prescription and synthetic drugs; and customize interventions, in collaboration with policy makers, designed to alter freshman’s perception regarding college alcohol use.

Clark Atlanta University

Project Director: Seok Won Jin, Ph.D., M.S.W., M.A., L.G.S.W.
Project Title: Intervention for Problematic Internet Use on Campus

Project Description: The purpose of this project is to use prevention methods to promote awareness about problematic internet use (PIU) to ultimately reduce its impact and prevalence. Through this project the university will identify PIU among students through screening measures; refer those identified as PIU students to local mental and behavioral health services; prevent PIU among students through increasing awareness of PIU via activities including a viral video contest and workshops; and increase the number of students pursuing careers in the behavioral sciences by providing training opportunities for intern students.

Clinton Junior College

Project Director: Reggie Rucker
Project Title: Increasing Awareness by Training Students and Faculty to Indentify and Make Referrals for Students with Mental Health and Substance Abuse Issues.

Project Description: Through this program, the Office of Student Affairs in collaboration with the Office of Academic Affairs will offer Clinton College students exposure to local mental health and substance abuse agencies within York county, South Carolina. The project aims to achieve the following goals: offer student leaders internship opportunities in mental health and substance abuse agencies; provide workshops for students, faculty, and staff on how to indentify students with potential substance abuse and mental health issues; provide students with additional course credit for participation in internships and expose students to field experiences and evidence based practices; expand screening and referral services for students at risk for drug abuse who have behavioral problems; and promote behavioral health awareness and prevention activities on campus.

Coahoma Community College

Project Director: Renee Sanford
Project Title: Coahoma Community College Depression and Suicide Awareness Program

Project Description: The purpose of this project is to increase depression and suicide awareness among college faculty, staff and students. The program provides depression and suicide prevention education and training for risk reduction behavior through providing one workshop for on-campus faculty, staff and students and one workshop for off-campus faculty, staff and students; conducting a video training session at each off-campus location for faculty, staff, and students; and distributing materials that address warning signs of suicide and symptoms of depression and substance abuse.

Concordia College-Selma

Project Director: Angela Sullivan, EdD, LBSW
Project Title: PATHWAY (Prevention Awareness Training Holistic Wellness Advocacy in Yielding Healthy Communities)

Project Description: The purpose of this project is to promote knowledge on diagnosis, treatment, intervention, and prevention of mental illnesses and substance abuse issues. PATHWAY will embrace an overall institutional approach to ensure that students’ behavioral health needs are being met. PATHWAY will work collaboratively with partner agencies to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote behavioral awareness and training, screening and referral alternatives, and establish sites for student internships. Students will be provided with information on early signs and symptoms of mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders. Mini-workshops will be held to develop strategies for students to be proactive instead of reactive when symptoms have been identified.

Coppin State University

Project Director: Ozietta D. Taylor, PhD, LCPC, LCADC
Project Title: The Chemical Dependency Internship (C-DIP) and the Behavioral Health Integration Project (B-HIP)

Project Description: The program is designed to prepare students, via internship opportunities, to work in chemical dependency treatment facilities throughout Baltimore City as well as initiate an on-campus substance abuse prevention campaign. Additionally the program is designed to implement the DORA college program to identified at-risk students within the campus community. C-DIP/B-HIP also promotes the Healthy Engaged Youth White House Initiative to the student body to ensure they are informed about medical insurance coverage options and availability.

Delaware State University

Project Director: Tina L. Jordan, PhD
Project Title: Healthy Mind Promotion 2013

Project Description: This program is designed to prepare social work students who are service men and women and veterans to provide behavioral health trainings, screenings and referrals, and to support student interns to communicate acquired knowledge to their families, friends, and communities. The approach is as follows: increase outreach and engagement to students who have been identified as being at high risk for unaddressed behavioral health needs; stimulate service capacity expansion by encouraging the integration of primary and behavioral health care services on campus; enhance workforce development opportunities through partnerships with community-based providers and organizations; promote campus and community referral options for treatment for mental health abuse; minimize negative connotations about mental health through campus and community settings/forums; promote and use techniques to reduce stress ; establish permanent internships with behavioral health organizations where students are able to assist other service men and women with behavioral issues and concerns.

Florida A&M University

Project Director: Yolanda K. H. Bogan, PhD
Project Title: FAMU Behavioral Health Capacity Expansion

Project Description: The overall purpose of this project is to provide behavioral health service capacity expansion. The goal will be accomplished through several activities. The first is to provide peer education training for 25 students who are declared psychology majors. The second activity is for the certified peer educators to have opportunities to provide behavioral health outreach and to further enhance behavioral health leadership, a third activity addresses spreading the message about this work to the general students.

Florida Memorial University
Project Director: Edward Stephenson, PhD
Project Title: Promoting Behavioral Health at Florida Memorial University

Project Description: The primary purpose and goal of this project is to enhance the mental and behavioral health and wellbeing of students, particularly freshman and sophomores at FMU. To accomplish this FMU will provide behavioral and mental health education and training to promote risk reduction behavior, expand screening and referral capacity for students at risk or displaying symptoms of a mental health and/or substance use disorder, support the increase of the behavioral health workforce development through exposing students to evidenced based practices, mentoring and field experiences.

Gadsden State Community College
Project Director: Mr. Carl Byers
Project Title: Healthy Minds, Healthy Students

Project Description: The purpose of the Healthy Minds, Healthy Students campaign is to raise awareness of behavioral health issues and careers among our students and the community. The campaign has three goals for the college campus and local communities: provide alcohol intervention education and training for peer intervention and risk reduction behavior; provide suicide prevention education and training for risk reduction behavior, and provide depression outreach education and training for increased well-being.


Grambling State University
Project Director: Mary Coleen Speed, PhD, LMFT
Project Title: Association Igniting Remedies for Students (AIR)

Project Description: The purpose of AIR is to promote awareness throughout the Grambling State University campus community. The AIR team includes student leader participants, psychology club members, and other designated staff as mentors. AIR will provide information on recovery from behavioral health issues as well as prevention and recovery of substance abuse. The team will be involved in integrated service delivery through health promotion and wellness activities for the entire campus community.


Hinds Community College
Project Director: Gloria D. Daniels
Project Title: U-HELP: Utica Healthy Engagement Leads to Prevention

Project Description: The purpose of U-HELP is to focus on substance abuse prevention and early intervention strategies addressing the mental and behavioral health needs of Hinds Community College students on the Utica campus. U-HELPS’ purpose will be achieved through developing prevention, promotion, and early intervention activities; developing and implementing training for front line staff, faculty, peer educators, and student body; and collaborating with local, state and/or national organizations to facilitate internship opportunities for students in related majors.


Huston-Tillotson University
Project Director: Barbara Fountain, MAHS, LPC-Supervisor
Project Title: Student Health Advisory Committee: Awareness, Prevention, and Intervention

Project Description: The purpose of this project is to enhance and increase the awareness of behavioral health needs on campus thus improving students’ overall wellbeing. This program aims to increase the number of peer educators, expand awareness outreach, become more visible, and ultimately increase the number of students accessing services through the counseling and consultation center. The goals are threefold: to provide workshops utilizing evidence–based materials to staff, faculty, and students to raise awareness of behavioral health issues; utilize peer educators to promote the counseling and consultation center; offer mental health first aid training to faculty and staff; and increase the amount of students screened for behavioral health.

Jackson State University

Project Director: Earnestine McNeal-Brown
Project Title: Project SAMHP (Student Awareness Mental Health Project)

Project Description: The purpose of the project is to address mental health issues and substance abuse through a comprehensive approach which will enhance the infrastructure of mental illness health services, suicide prevention, and substance use at Jackson State University. The project objective is to reduce the number of students who use drugs and suffer from mental illness. The focus will be at risk groups such as veterans and LGBHT students. The objective will be achieved by providing education, training and referrals; increasing the number of trained peers; establishing partnerships with both campus and community agencies; and creating age appropriate and culturally sensitive activities for students.

Lincoln University of Pennsylvania
Project Director: Rachel Manson, MSW, LSW
Project Title: The Lincoln University Sustaining My Individual Life Education and Success (S.M.I.L.E.S.)

Project Description: Through the collaborative effort between the Counseling Center, the Office of Residence Life, The Departments of Psychology and Sociology, and Empowerment Resources, Inc., the project will implement and enhance behavioral health programming to promote and prevent behavioral health problems while referring students to treatment as needed to help them recover from behavioral health disorders. Additionally the project will promote opportunities for students to develop leadership and an interest in behavioral health careers.

Morehouse College
Project Director: Gary Wright, PhD
Project Title: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Training Program

Project Description: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Training Program is designed to provide students with experimental activities that increase their knowledge and implementation of mental wellness techniques, and to promote the likelihood that students will engage in careers that positively impact mental illness and substance abuse. The program will accomplish this by promoting behavioral health awareness in Morehouse College Students, staff, and faculty; conducting behavioral health awareness in Morehouse College Students; and developing a substance abuse and mental health model/program at Morehouse College.


North Carolina A&T State University
Project Director: Vivian Barnette, PhD., HSP-P
Project Title: Healthy Choices

Project Description: The purpose of the Healthy Choices Program is to decrease the heightened incidences of substance dependence or abuse among students with metal health problems and to increase the awareness of problems associated with alcohol and drug use in the student community. This program will survey students, staff and faculty to measure consumption and attitudes toward substance abuse and mental illness; hold focus groups led by a cross disciplinary team focusing on a wide variety of student groups to determine what current perceptions NC A&T students hold concerning substance abuse and mental illness; educate NC A&T students to make healthy choices using behavioral health promotion and prevention activities on campus; develop a cohesive response system to screen and refer students at risk or displaying symptoms of a mental health and/or substance use disorder; promote behavioral health workforce development for student interns through their exposure to evidence–based practices, mentoring, and field based experiences; and finally conducting presentations at national and regional conferences.


North Carolina Central University
Project Director: Carolyn Moore, PhD
Project Title: NCCU Counseling Center’s Behavioral Health Internship Program in Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment

Project Description: This project will focus on career development for a current graduate student interested in working with individuals with alcohol and other drug concerns. The goals of the program are to: provide culturally relevant and evidence based alcohol and other drug training and supervision to a graduate intern; supervise the implementation of effective alcohol and other drug programs and interventions by the intern; and develop opportunities for the intern to provide leadership and training to undergraduate students also interested in alcohol and other drug issues.

Savannah State University

Project Director: Shinaz G. Jindani
Project Title: Training Behavioral Health Workforce with Traditional and Non-Traditional Therapies

Project Description: The overall purpose is to operationalize 10 competencies with clinical practice behaviors that will impart knowledge, values, and skills in traditional and non-traditional therapies such as yoga, iRest, art, and animal assisted therapies. Using a committee of professionals made up of community based organizations, social work faculty, and staff from the Office of Field Education this program will train at least 20 field instructors. Additionally 4 internships will be made available, fostering career opportunities for interns after they graduate with MSW.

Southern University at New Orleans
Project Director: Evelyn B. Harrell, PhD, LCSW
Project Title: Behavioral Health Careers Matter: Education, Internships, and Networking Experiences

Project Description: The purpose of this project is to promote and enhance the workforce development opportunities (behavioral health awareness, stigma reduction, professional responsibilities, development of clinical skills, networking opportunities, ect.) for student interns. This project looks to meet the following goals: improve the coordination of internship placement services among students, faculty, and field supervisors by promoting best practices through qualified supervision and training; advance workforce development and the professional careers of students, faculty, and supervisors through training, certification, and licensure activities; maintain planning, implementing, administering, and/or evaluating specific needs of the behavioral health community on an ongoing basis; promote students to obtain gainful and meaningful employment within a mental health/behavioral health organization upon successful completion.

Texas Southern University
Project Director: Andrea J. Shelton, PhD
Project Title: Bring on the Health Education and Training (BHEAT)

Project Description: The purpose of the BHEAT project is to increase student awareness of mental health concerns that have an impact on their lives through two means; social media outlets and workforce development. The goals for both components of the project will include but are not limited to increased awareness of mental health and wellness concerns such as conflict resolution, domestic violence, sexual assault, and depression.


Wiley College
Project Director: Alex Mwakikoti, PhD and Billystrom Jivetti, PhD
Project Title: Support Student Internships at Behavioral Health Sites

Project Description: The purpose of this project is twofold; to support students in an internship program at behavioral health sites and increase student awareness of behavioral health issues through the implementation of training sessions. Upon completion of the proposed behavioral health training and internship, two objectives will have been met: students will have a better understanding of behavioral health issues that they had prior to the training; and the participating students will have gained awareness of career options in one of the behavioral health areas.


Xavier University of Louisiana
Project Director: Shirley Labbe, MA, NCP-BCCP
Project Title: XU – Behavioral Health P-4 Initiative Project

Project Description: The XU is a program developed to promote behavioral health prevention initiatives; expand screening and referral interventions; and augment existing student internship programs with resources that foster increased interest in mental health and substance abuse workforce experiences; and improve quality of learning about behavioral health issues.


Allen University

Project Director: Debra Young, M. Ed.

Project Title: Healthy Allen: Mind, Body & Soul

Project Description: Healthy Allen is a project designed to assist students that suffer in silence and are hesitant to seek services because they fear how they will be perceived by others. The program will afford the students, faculty, and staff a tremendous benefit as awareness is made to change this culture. The program will address the prevention of substance abuse and mental illness, and provide public awareness support.

Bowie State University

Project Director: Makeba T. Green

Project Title: Team Sober

Project Description: The purpose of this project is to reduce alcohol abuse among students, specifically through the use of screening. Team Sober will provide research- based information about the nature, scope, and consequences of students’ use of alcohol. They will also partner with the Counseling Center and the Wellness Center in an effort to address the needs of students that extend beyond the scope of the intended intervention.


Fayetteville State

Project Director: Dennis E. Corbin, MSW, Ph.D.

Project Title: FSU Prevention and Health Assessment Project (PHAP)

Project Description: This project is collaboration between three different disciplines that impact the mental health community by training undergraduate and graduate students about various mental health issues. All of the members on the team have vested interest in improving the mental health of students and the community at large. The first objective of this project is to provide QPR for Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper instructor certification. The second objective is to promote the online screening to the student body. The third objective is to survey the university student body to access needs identified by the responses from the NCHA and then increase outreach activities via the Center for Personal Development, the FSU Active Minds Chapter, and other various student organizations on campus.

Hampton University

Project Director: Monique Hall, M.A.

Project Title: Keep on Living: Project DORA

Project Description: The purpose of this project is to stimulate growth in students’ care and concern for others. It is hoped that implementing DORA with students as peer educators/trainers, who will be referred to as DORA Helpers, will lead to a breakthrough approach to reduce mental illness-related stigma. Also, while the project is a mental health one, because of the the positive correlation between depression and suicide and substance use, the Alcohol/Drug Education Class will add DORA input to its curriculum.

Livingstone College

Project Director: Dr. Marilyn D. Lovett

Project Title: Protective Factors Related to Behavioral Health

Project Description: This project is designed to take place in two phases. The first phase is a needs assessment that will be conducted to see what type of positive health behaviors exist among students at an HBCU by using the ACHA-NCHA. The second phase is the Active Minds Phase in which a mental health awareness piece will be instituted in an attempt to decrease stigma of mental health challenges.

Oakwood University

Project Director: Helen Fishle, MSW

Project Title: Oakwood University: Academic Excellence and Retention through Behavioral Health Promotion

Project Description: The proposed project is designed to promote behavioral health as a keystone for a healthy campus, student retention, and graduation. Their goal is to bring awareness of how to recognize a mental health emergency; therefore, how to get a person at risk the help they need will be measured by using a pre and post training survey.


St. Philip’s College

Project Director: Dr. Sharon Crockett-Bell

Project Title: Mental Health Wellness College response Program

Project Description: The purpose of this project is to promote student behavioral health awareness and expand campus service capacity. The initiative will continue to expand upon the initial program that was started during the 2011-2012 academic year and expanded during 2012-2013. They will also conduct research and improve its data collection and preservation methods to help the college obtain more comprehensive data and better understand the behavioral health issues of its student population. The goal is designed to better serve students individual behavioral health needs.