Eight UNC System Institutions Receive Grants to Support Behavioral Health Initiatives

During the fall semester and in conjunction with the recent Behavioral Health Convening, UNC System campuses were invited to apply for funding to assist in the creation or advancement of campus-based initiatives that promoted behavioral health & wellness for their students.  A total of 18 individual submissions from 15 UNC campuses were submitted.  Nine proposals were subsequently funded.

“We’ve become increasingly aware of the growing demand to provide behavioral health services to our students,” said Dr. Karrie Dixon, UNC System Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. “The convening in December was an opportunity to evaluate current behavioral health trends and issues and allowed health professionals on our campuses to engage in innovative and effective programming that supports students.”

Fayetteville State University was awarded a $28,184 grant to enhance and expand the campus’ behavioral and mental health care services.

Funding will support the Fayetteville State University Behavioral Health Initiative (FSUBHI), a cross-campus effort involving Student Health Services, the Center for Personal Development, the College of Education, and the School of Nursing. Led by Co-PIs Letitia Johnson-Arnold, Medical and Health Program Consultant and Melissa Haithcox-Dennis, Associate Professor of Health Education, the initiative includes a Baseline behavioral health assessment; Behavioral health professional development and training; Behavioral health and wellness student programming; and the Enhancement of FSU’s existing behavioral health clinical resources.

Vinette Gordon, Director for Student Health Services at FSU, stated, “FSU recognizes that student success is closely linked to health and wellness; therefore, we strive to provide an environment in which students can reach their full potential in all facets of their lives. With this funding we can better prevent, manage, and treat the concerns that impede our students’ academic achievement and improve the overall health and wellness of our campus community.”

Funded institutions included:  Appalachian State University, Fayetteville State University, North Carolina Central University, UNC Asheville, UNC Charlotte, UNC Pembroke, UNC School of the Arts, and Western Carolina University.  Proposals were granted up to $30,000 in funding, totaling nearly $200,000 across programs.  Specific initiatives represented a diverse range of approaches, including promotion of Mental Health First Aid training initiatives and creation of new counseling triage services.  Funded programs collectively addressed at least one of the following outcomes:

  • Assessment & Evaluation of Evidence-Based Behavioral Health Activities
  • Substance Abuse & Behavioral Health Programming
  • Training & Professional Development
  • Special Populations
  • Enhancement of Existing or Development of New Behavioral Health Resources

The UNC System office will be providing an on-boarding workshop in April 2018 in order to support funded proposals, as well as assistance in developing metrics to measure the impact of these programs on student outcomes.

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