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Eligibility & Process for the Behavioral Health and Wellness Grant Selection

Who should apply?

  • Public, private/nonpublic, and charter schools or districts in Minnesota with schools containing grades 6-8 or 7-9. Districts may partner with other districts or community providers as a collaborative applicant.
  • Districts or collaboratives of schools must demonstrate commitment from administrators and teachers to deliver the program with integrity to the model for four years. 
  • Districts or collaboratives must agree to participate in an evaluation. The state and an independent evaluator will partner to conduct a high-quality evaluation to inform decision-makers of the effectiveness of LifeSkills Training for Minnesota’s youth. Schools that agree to participate in the study will be randomly assigned to implement the LST curriculum. The study will compare outcomes of schools selected to implement LST to schools that were not selected.

What is the selection process?

  1. Application: Applications will be open until November 15, 2019, but a limited number of schools can be supported so districts are encouraged to apply by July 15, 2019. Those that apply before July 15th will have earlier site visits, and, if they are deemed eligible, they will have more time to work with state staff to plan the implementation of the curriculum and to secure research approval for the evaluation. Depending on the number of applicants, the state may close the application process before November. 
  2. Site visit: As soon as a district or a collaborative applies, state staff will arrange an on-site visit to confirm the site's capacity to implement the curriculum. The meeting will focus on discussing schools’ plan to implement and help evaluate LST.
  3. Notification of eligibility: Shortly after the site visit, the state will notify districts or collaboratives whether their schools are included in the eligible pool to receive the LST curriculum. A school’s eligibility will be based on multiple criteria, including but not limited to the following: the level of buy-in for implementing the LST curriculum, capacity to implement the curriculum with fidelity, and willingness to be part of the evaluation activities. 
  4. Sign memorandum of understanding (MOU): Before the final selection, districts or collaboratives with eligible schools will sign an agreement to implement the LST curriculum and to be part of the evaluation. State staff and MDRC will also provide templates and assistance to complete the MOU. The agreement must be signed by December 31, 2019. 
  5. Selection of schools: To ensure fairness and allow for a rigorous evaluation, the state’s grant from the Arnold Foundation requires that the state use random assignment to select which eligible schools will receive the LST curriculum. We will notify selected schools by January 10, 2020. 

For application materials, see the program information tab.

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