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 and community. Particularly as we begin to emerge from the pandemic and more students and staff prepare to return to classrooms, policymakers should be aware of the impact of COVID and what is needed to support mental well-being for all Wisconsin students. The Coalition has prepared information and talking points on priority SMH initiatives this session for use by those who support continued expansion of school-based mental health opportunities. In addition to talking points, supporters may wish to reference basic Advocacy 101 guidance (from WAFCA), an overview of the state budget process (Wisconsin Budget Project) and Ideas for Telling Your Story during Wisconsin’s state budget process, which includes the upcoming hearing dates for the Joint Committee on Finance. Want to learn more? Join the Coalition Legislative Committee or reach out with questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.