Governor's Budget to Include $150 Million for Critical Mental Health Services
In a release today, Governor Evers signaled his plan to make significant investments in mental health in his 2021-23 biennial budget which will be introduced next Tuesday, Feb 16. Governor Evers reported plans to increase funding for school-based mental health services by more than $54 million to support direct aid to public schools and grants. Full details of the Governor’s proposal will be available next week, but the news today is a great signal that significant investments in mental health will be on the table for budget deliberations in coming months. Stay tuned for further details!
2021-2023 School Mental Health Grants
Applications are now for the Department of Public Instruction’s School-Based Mental Health Services Grant Program! Grant applications are due on May 3, 2021. Materials can be found on the DPI website, including applications, guidance documents, reviewer rubrics, a recorded grant writing workshop, a needs assessment, and FAQ.
Teleservice Resources for School Mental Health
Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction recently released resources related to providing services in a virtual setting:
- Teleservice Forward is a new technical assistance center for Related Service Providers, including school counselors, school social workers, school psychologists, and many others (see website for the complete list). The project will provide both on-demand help and other training free of charge. Practitioners may access the center by emailing email@example.com or calling (262) 787-9500 ext. 9800.
- DPI has also compiled a number of other helpful teleservice resources
Resources & Training
Coaching with the Wisconsin Center for Resilient Schools
The Wisconsin Center for Resilient Schools is a free statewide coaching center available to all Wisconsin schools (state, private, charter, and tribal). It is designed to help school and district teams implement comprehensive school-based mental health and trauma-sensitive social emotional learning.
School Mental Health Series: Guidance and Best Practices for States, Districts, and Schools
The MHTTC Network is hosting an 8-part training series using the National School Mental Health Curriculum. The Curriculum was developed by the MHTTC Network in partnership with the National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH). It is intended to help states, districts and schools advance comprehensive school mental health and engage in a planning process for implementation. Module 2, on February 23, will cover Teaming and can be found here, and more details about all 8 sessions are available here.
Association of School Psychologists: School-Community Partnerships Register
Majority of State School Reopening Plans Do Not Address Mental Health
- Wednesday, May 5, 2021, 2:00-3:00pm CST: Youth MOVE: Leveraging Youth Advocacy Register
- Wednesday, June 2, 2021, 2:00-3:00pm CST: Supporting Students Impacted by Racial Stress and Trauma Register
According to a recent release by Child Trends, less than 15 percent of state school reopening plans include policy and practice requirements incorporated students’ social and emotional health. Guidance for the state of Wisconsin related to 8 of the WSCC (Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child) model’s 10 components. Wisconsin guidance did not address “community involvement” and “health education”.
Save the Date: 5th Annual Growing School-Based Mental Health Virtual Summit - June 16 & 17, 2021
Join colleagues around the state for the virtual 5th Annual Growing School Mental Health Summit (Virtual Event) on June 16 & 17, 2021. The 5th Annual Growing School Mental Health Summit is an opportunity for stakeholders from around the state in all facets of school and mental health services to come together virtually for two mornings to learn and share best practices in creating comprehensive, sustainable, school-based mental health systems.
There are many opportunities to engage with Coalition partners to promote our collective mission to advance and support expanded, comprehensive and integrated mental health services within the school setting through school, home, and community partnerships. Reach out to learn more - firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out our calendar of events, including information on our June 2021 Summit coming soon!