CARS leads the NITT-TA Center, which provides technical assistance to two SAMHSA-funded NITT initiatives. The NITT Project AWARE program is designed to build and expand the capacity of state and local educational agencies to increase awareness of mental health issues among school-aged youth; to provide training for school personnel and other adults to detect and respond to mental health issues in children and young adults; and to connect children, youth, and families who may experience behavioral health issues with appropriate services. The purpose of the NITT Healthy Transitions (NITT-HT) program is to improve access to treatment and support services for youth and young adults ages 16-25 that either have, or are at risk of developing, a serious mental health condition.
The NITT-TA Center provides a broad range of direct TTA services to grantees. TTA activities include both cross-site TTA that is relevant to multiple sites and grantee-specific TTA that is tailored to the needs of individual sites. The NITT-TA Center is designed to be: collaborative; relationship-based; balanced in approach; capacity enhancing; participatory; culturally and linguistically competent; engaged with youth, young adults, and families; trauma-informed; and outcomes- and evidence-based.
On this project, CARS leads a collaborative partnership with the University of South Florida, WestEd, and Change Matrix.
For more information about NITT, visit http://www.samhsa.gov/nitt-ta