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 […]

WISH Center Employment Opportunities

WISH Center Hiring Statewide Project Coordinator and Regional Coaches for Resilient Schools The Wisconsin Safe & Healthy Schools (WISH) Center is expanding its services to provide coaching to school teams on mental health and social and emotional learning (SEL). They are hiring eight Regional Coaches and a Statewide Project Coordinator. These are two-year, limited-term contracts with the ability to work from […]

Grant Opportunities from DPI

AODA Student Mini-Grant Competition – Now Open! Comprehensive school health programs require youth involvement to create environments conducive to healthy, resilient, and successful learners. Funds will be available on a competitive basis for schools throughout the state to support education, prevention, and intervention programs designed by the students, targeting alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) and […]

June 2020 ForwardHealth Update

ForwardHealth Update 2020-27 Revision – Clinical Consultations Supporting Students.  The June 2020 ForwardHealth Update (2020-27), titled “Coverage of Mental Health Clinical Consultations for Students Policy Expands to Include Parents,” has been revised since its original publication. The definition of a mental health clinical consultation has been revised and appears in red text on pages 1 […]