About the Initiative


OhioMHAS and the Ohio Department of Higher Education partnered with PreventionFIRST!, Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service, the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE), Prevention Action Alliance, the Ohio Program for Campus Safety and Mental Health and the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery to select 12 campus community partnerships across Ohio. All college/university partners are members of the Ohio College Initiative to Enhance Student Wellness. These grantees received a $50,000 grant award to collaboratively plan and implement behavioral and/or mental wellness initiatives. In addition, grantees received training, technical assistance, professional development and networking opportunities at no cost. This funding opportunity is from Sept. 1, 2021 – Sept. 30, 2022. Funding for the Rise and Thrive Initiative comes from the Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) and the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Funds and is intended to provide critical mental and behavioral health services to students.

Awarded campus-community partnerships: 

  • Case Western Reserve University - The Briermost Foundation
  • Cincinnati State - Mental Health America of Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio
  • Lakeland Community College - Lake County ADAMHS Board
  • Marietta College - Building Bridges to Careers (BB2C)
  • Miami University - TriHealth at Miami Student Health Services
  • Oberlin College and Conservatory - Lorain County Urban League
  • Ohio University - Athens City County Health Department
  • Shawnee State University - Ohio Department of Natural Resources
  • Stark State College - OhioGuidestone
  • The Ohio State University at Mansfield - Galion City Health Department
  • University of Cincinnati - PreventionFIRST!
  • University of Rio Grande - Gallia, Jackson, Meigs ADAMH Board


This funding opportunity is being delivered in two phases. In Phase 1, Rise and Thrive Grantees will focus on planning a campus-community project and in Phase 2, the focus is on implementing the plan developed during Phase 1.

Phase 1 – Planning (September 2021 – February 2022)

In Phase 1, grantees will participate in a series of virtual meetings designed to engage leaders of campus-community partnerships in networked learning. At the end of Phase 1, all grantees will have finalized an outcomes-driven action plan to implement a campus-community project that will promote behavioral health and mental wellness.

Phase 2 – Implementing (March 2022 – September 2022)

In Phase 2, grantees will receive feedback on their submitted action plans. Once the plans are approved and Phase 2 funds are dispersed, grantees may begin implementation. Throughout Phase 2, grantees will continue to receive technical assistance and networking opportunities as they implement their projects and report on outcomes and successes.

RFP and Bidder’s Conference Materials

For more detailed information on the Rise and Thrive Initiative, please review the Request for Proposals document and the Bidder’s Conference video and PowerPoint slides.