1. Am I able to move funds out of my program budgets in order to fund my communications projects?
Anytime you have a question about your Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) budget or contract, you need to call your Federal Project Officer (FPO) who is the only person who can authorize amendments to your budgets.
2. I am looking for an evidence-based program that will help us reach our SS/HS program objectives.
Whenever you have a question or need technical assistance (unrelated to your budget or federal guidance) and related to your SS/HS program, you need to call your Technical Assistance Specialist (TAS) from the National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention (National Center).
3. I am concerned about how to financially sustain our grant-funded programs after the grant award period.
Your TAS from the National Center can assist you with strategies to enhance sustainability of your programs, and help you with marketing, public relations, and mass communications strategies to assist you in promoting your successes and sustaining key components of your initiative.
4. My project evaluator is looking for assessment tools that will assist us as we implement and evaluate our SS/HS programs.
Whenever you have a question or need technical assistance (unrelated to your budget or federal guidance) and related to your SS/HS program, you need to call your TAS from the National Center.
5. How can I network with other SS/HS sites?
There are many ways to network with your peer SS/HS grantees. Click on the site map
, and see what local education agencies have been funded in your state. Their contact information is listed on this site. Other means of peer-to-peer networking include monthly conference calls sponsored by your TA providers.
6. How do I locate content experts on evidence-based programs, project evaluation, sustainability, etc.?
The National Center provides you with a TAS who can assist in linking you to content experts through consultation, training and on-site visits.
7. We've developed materials for our grant programs and Web site. Who owns the rights to the materials that we've developed?
You will want to discuss any contract or budget issues with your FPO. In the meantime, you may also want to refer to the EDGAR guidelines at the U.S. Department of Education Web site
, which outlines ownership guidelines of materials created with SS/HS grant funding.
8. We're a small, rural site with a growing population of migrant farm workers. We don't have much infrastructure to accommodate our ESL/Spanish speaking students and parents. Who can help us with cultural competency issues?
The National Center provides you with a TAS who can assist in linking you to cultural competency content experts through consultation, training and on-site visits.
9. In our outreach activities, we would like to encourage parental involvement with youth in our community. Are there existing programs?
SAMHSA and HRSA provide access to the 15+ program: "Take time to listen; Make time to talk." To download a PDF version of the program materials, click here