You are here

Aid for School Mental Health Programs

Aid for School Mental Health Programs

Eligible school districts, private schools, and independent charter schools may receive partial reimbursement for salary and fringe benefits paid to employ, hire, or retain social workers or the costs to contract for the services of a social worker when the eligible entity increased in its expenditures in the prior school year compared to the immediately preceding school year.

Overview

Claim forms once available (February 2020), must be submitted to the Department by March 06, 2020, to receive reimbursement for eligible expenditures made in the 2018-19 school year. Though claim forms must be submitted online, there is a previous pdf version of the claim form to assist you.

Statute Reference

Wis. Stat. § 115.364

Funding

$6,000,000 in 2019-2020

Eligibility

Eligible independent charter schools, private schools, and school districts are eligible for partial reimbursement for salary and fringe benefits paid to employ, hire, or retain social workers or the costs to contract for the services of a social worker when the eligible entity increased in its expenditures in the prior school year compared to the immediately preceding school year.

“Social worker” means an individual licensed or certified as a school social worker by the Department of Public Instruction under s. PI 34.062 or an individual licensed or certified as a social worker by the Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Counseling, and Social Work Examining Board under s. 457.08 (2) to (4), Stats.

Aid Computation

Eligible entities must submit a claim form to the department for reimbursement. Aid is calculated by multiplying by 50% the increase in expenditures form the prior school year compared to the immediately preceding school year. If monies remain in the appropriation, after initial calculations, eligible entities will receive an amount equal to expenditures in the preceding school year less the amount of increased expenditures for which the entity was reimbursed in the first calculations. If funds are insufficient the state superintendent shall prorate state aid payments.

Aid Eligibility by School Year

2018-2019 Aid for Mental Health Programs Aid Amount (June 3, 2019)