Coalition Shares Policy Priorities and Resources on State Biennial Budget

In February, Governor Evers introduced his biennial budget proposal. State budget time is a great time to connect with your State Assembly Representative and State Senator to educate them on how investments in comprehensive school-based mental health programs and policies to support student access to mental health services are making a difference in your school […]

Governor’s Budget to Include $150 Million for Critical Mental Health Services

In a recent release, Governor Evers signaled his plan to make significant investments in mental health in his 2021-23 biennial budget which has been introduced 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 […]

Apply Now! DPI School Mental Health Grants – May 3 Deadline

2021-2023 School-Based Mental Health Grant Competition (DPI) – May 3 Deadline 2021-2023 School-Based Mental Health Grant Competition (DPI): This grant program was created to provide grant funding for two years to public school districts and independent charter schools (and consortium of these) to work with community mental health providers to create comprehensive school-based mental health systems. Application […]

OCI Issues Bulletin on Telemedicine Coverage

This week WI Commissioner of Insurance Mark Afable issued a bulletin directed to health plans regarding the importance of continued coverage of telehealth services as the pandemic persists. The bulletin emphasizes that issuers “who lack access to telehealth services where in-person services are not available may be found by OCI to lack an adequate provider network…” WAFCA has […]

HHS Announces Phase 3 Provider CARES Act Payments – New Behavioral Health Provider Eligibility

Under this Phase 3 General Distribution allocation, providers that have already received Provider Relief Fund payments will be invited to apply for additional funding from this $20 Billion allocation. Phase 3 funding considers financial losses and changes in operating expenses caused by the coronavirus. Previously ineligible providers, such as those who began practicing in 2020 […]

Permanency Plan Tool Now on DPI Website

Recent statutory changes allow schools to provide input in permanency plan hearings and reviews for students in out-of-home care (such as foster care, etc.). DPI created some resources to help school staff understand the process and facilitate school input.   Go to: https://dpi.wi.gov/foster-care/child-welfare-and-school-collaboration and scroll down to the section on “School Input for Permanency Plan Hearings and […]

Accessing Children’s Mental Health Services: A Visual Tool

From the Wisconsin Office of Children’s Mental Health: How to first access children’s mental health services and what to expect in those initial stages are questions the Accessing Children’s Mental Health Services map addresses.  The Service Access and Family Engagement Committee of the Trauma and Recovery Project has created this tool.  Get the tool and share it […]