Project AWARE LogoAWARE stands for Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education. The Project AWARE program builds or expands the capacity of State Educational Agencies (SEA), in partnership with State Mental Health Agencies (SMHAs) overseeing school-aged youth. By building or expanding capacity, the program advances wellness and resiliency in education by increasing mental health awareness in schools across states.

Project AWARE also provides training for school personnel and other adults who interact with school-aged youth to detect and respond to mental health challenges, and connects school-aged youth, who may present with behavioral health challenges and their families to needed services.

The program has increased mental health literacy among the schools and communities, removed barriers to find care, and ensured cultural relevance for all school programs. With the continuous support from SAMHSA, Project AWARE proceeds to focus on improving school climate and trauma informed programming to improve the care for school-aged youth.




Our department can do the following:


  • Suicidal/Homicidal Ideations (Crisis Intervention)
  • Functional Behavioral Assessments/Behavioral Intervention Plans
  • Help parents obtain outside services that are provided through the school system:
    • We have or will subcontract with the following (Billed through the child's insurance first)
      • Clinical Psychologist
      • Behaviorist
      • Mental Health Counselors
      • Psychiatric/Med Management
  • Help parents receive TNCARE or Food Stamps etc. (for those that cannot read the forms or need assistance with basic need requests)
  • We have partnered with Family Resource-Mrs. Terri Keeton to help provide or at least direct the family to resource
  • Social Emotional Lessons/and Career Development including partnered with Keith Shannon CTE (Career and Technical Education)

Additionally: Services that would fall under the social services sphere we can outsource or provide if appropriate.

AWARE Director

AWARE Director

Maria J. Bruce

Ed. S. in Administration and Supervision


Scott County Counseling Services

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208 Court Street / P.O. Box 37
Huntsville, TN 37756
Phone: 423-663-2159  ext. 8036

Fax: 423-663-9682


Department Staff

  • Shelly Cash,  Behavior Room Teacher
  • Savanna Watson, Behavior Room Aide
  • Kayla Flowers,  Middle School Counselor
  • Brenda Smith,  Middle School Counselor
  • Shelby Williams,  Middle School Counselor
  • Anna Hull,  High School Counselor
  • Summer Wilkins,  High School Counselor
  • Rhyan Hughett,  Social Worker
  • Rissa Silcox,  Social Worker
  • Brittany Bradley,  Social Worker