At the State Capitol Tuesday, supporters for expansion of school-based mental health services in Wisconsin gathered in the Governor’s office to celebrate the signing of 2019 WI Act 88, which expands existing Medicaid-funded consultation services to include connections with parents.
Consultation services enable mental health therapists to work collaboratively with teachers and school staff to implement strategies in the classroom that are part of a students’ mental health treatment plan. These supportive services make treatment in the school setting even more effective and contribute to improved school climate. WI Act 88 expands the scope of the consultation service to support therapist outreach and connection with parents. “Delivering quality mental health services for children requires active connection with their family system, as well as their school-based supports,” stated WAFCA Executive Director Kathy Markeland.