This is a 2 year grant aligned with the Wisconsin biennial budget. The next grant competition will begin in winter of 2021 with funding running from July 1, 2021-June 30, 2023.
The most recent budget provided funding, beginning in fiscal year 2019, to create a new mental health grant program (Wis. Stat. sec. 115.367). The Department of Public Instruction will award grants to school districts, and operators of independent charter schools, to be used for the purpose of providing mental health services to pupils, in collaboration with community health agencies. Strategies may include co-locating community mental health clinics in schools and providing screening and intervention services. School boards and independent charter schools may apply for a grant individually or as a consortium of school boards, charter schools, or both; also, Cooperative Educational Service Agencies (CESAs) can be considered a consortium of school boards. Per statute, private schools are not eligible to apply.
The purpose of the School-Based Mental Health Provider Grant Program, managed by the Federal Department of Education, is to provide competitive grants to SEAs to increase the number of qualified (i.e., licensed, certified, well-trained, or credentialed, each as defined in the notice inviting applications) mental health service professionals that provide school-based mental health services to students in local educational agencies with demonstrated need (as defined in the notice inviting applications).
The Student Services/Prevention and Wellness Team was recently awarded another five year, $9 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) to continue work in Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education). Through targeted efforts with three LEA sites, the primary objectives associated with the project include advancing the following on a statewide level: