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June 18, 2020



Telehealth: Our New Reality – July 17

Sponsored by the CESBMH Innovative Practices Committee
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Schools and providers actively launched into telemental health over the past several months, and there is no turning back. A recent WAFCA survey on telehealth collected provider perspectives on the value of these services for students during this crisis and many providers reported success connecting with students and increased engagement with parents. The Coalition is tracking DHS progress toward a permanent Wisconsin telehealth rule and Medicaid policy and in the meantime, practitioners are eager to share what they are learning and continue advancing their telehealth competencies.
Join the Innovative Practices Committee on July 17 at 11:00 for a presentation by Dr. Kristin Kroll, Children's Wisconsin, on "Telehealth: Our New Reality." If you are not on the committee, please register here for a link for the presentation.

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Medicaid/CHIP Provider Relief Fund Payment Forms and Guidance

In case you did not see the information released by DHS on June 9,> federal HHS expects to distribute $15 billion to eligible Medicaid and CHIP providers through the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund.

This funding will supply relief to Medicaid and CHIP providers experiencing lost revenues or increased expenses due to COVID-19. Examples of providers, serving Medicaid/CHIP beneficiaries, possibly eligible for this funding include behavioral health providers among others.
Providers must submit their data by July 20, 2020. Before applying through the Enhanced Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal  applicants should:

Peer-to-Peer Suicide Prevention Grants - Application Opens in July

Starting in July 2020, high schools in Wisconsin are eligible to apply for peer-to-peer suicide prevention grants through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Grants are available for public, private, and tribal high schools. Grants may be up to $1,000 per school and may be renewed up to three times.
As you consider the opportunity to apply, one resource to review is Hope Squad. The Hope Squad program is in more than 800 schools in 25 states and Canada and offering discounts to Wisconsin schools along with free training through a partnership with the Elmbrook School District.
To learn more about the Hope Squad program visit their website.

DPI Student Services/Prevention & Wellness and COVID-19 Webpage

Many of you have benefited from the support of the DPI SSPW team throughout this challenging time. For those who have not connected with the SSPW resources, this webpage provides a range of resources relevant to Student Services/Prevention and Wellness including Safe Schools, Pupil Services, School Mental Health, Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse (AODA), Health Education, and Expanded Learning Opportunities. 



Protests and Resources for Talking to Students

As all of us continue to work our way though this difficult and painful time, it's hard  to know where to start conversations, or how to continue, with students on the events in the news, racism, privilege, oppression, and protesting.  DPI recently shared a few resources from the many that are available. DPI does not endorse any one resource or organization, however, these are shared  to provide examples and ideas of what you might consider as you engage in the work.

National Museum of African American History and Culture
“Talking About Race” Web Portal
Portal Helps People Explore Issues Of Race, Racism And Racial Identity. The online portal provides digital tools, online exercises, video instructions, scholarly articles and more than 100 multi-media resources tailored for educators, parents and caregivers—and individuals committed to racial equality. 
Teaching Tolerance Resources to Talk About Race
      Myriad resources including:
  • Let's Talk! Discussing Race, Racism and Other Difficult Topics With Students - Use the strategies in this resource as you prepare to talk with students about the historical roots and contemporary manifestations of racial inequality and discrimination.
  • Teaching About Race, Racism and Police Violence - These resources can help spur discussions about implicit bias and systemic racism, and empower students to work toward a more just society.
  • Featured Race & Ethnicity Resources
    Includes teaching about race, racism, police violence and Black Lives Matter  
Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Resources
King County Library System
King County Library System – Books for Talking to Kids About Race and Racism

DPI Launches New Resource Page on SMH Referral Pathways

Having a clear referral pathway that is understood and implemented by staff can make the difference in ensuring students get access to the services they need.
The School Mental Health Referral Pathways webpage contains resources and tools to help your district create an effective process for identifying students and connecting them to the services they need.
In order to provide even more support for those just starting this process, DPI is inviting school-based mental health teams who have developed and are using a school mental health referral pathway to share their story. These stories, or case studies, will be shared on the website to advance collective learning. To share your referral pathway story please contact
For additional questions or consultation regarding school mental health referral pathways please contact Liz Krubsack 608-264-6719 or

Office of Children's Mental Health - Building Social and Emotional Skills

This month the Office of Children's Mental Health released a new fact sheet focused on building children’s social and emotional skills and what our communities can do to increase these skills. 
Highlights include: 
  • Over 80% of parents and teachers, as well as most high school students think it’s important to prioritize social and emotional programming in childcare settings and schools.
  • For every dollar invested in social-emotional learning programming, there is an $11 return on investment in long-term benefits to the student and to the community.
See the fact sheet
See all fact sheets


Harvard Center for the Developing Child "The Brain Architects" Podcast

Visit the website for the Harvard Center for the Developing Child to access a series of COVID-19 focused podcasts in their “Brain Architects” series. The webpage also includes helpful links to a range of resources on trauma and other topics to help you support your workforce and families as the pandemic persists. The latest podcast is entitled “Mental Health in a Locked Down World

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