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Get Kids Ahead Initiative

Get Kids Ahead Initiative 

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new Update as of 8/31/2022: Governor Evers announced an additional $15 million to double the “Get Kids Ahead” program to provide mental health services in K-12 schools. The Funding Allocations by District Round 1 and 2 link below includes the two payments made to LEAs.

The Get Kids Ahead Initiative provides one-time funding to all public and independent charter schools in Wisconsin to help build Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems (CSMHS) in their schools and districts. A CSMHS provides a continuum of services and supports to promote student and staff mental health and wellbeing. A CSMHS is not limited to treating mental illness or substance use disorders. Rather, it includes services and supports that promote social and emotional wellbeing, foster positive mental health and school culture and eliminate systemic barriers to wellbeing and success for all students.

All public school districts and independent charter schools were eligible to receive funding, and each district will receive a per-pupil allocation ranging from the minimum award of $10,000 to much higher awards for districts with large student populations. The Get Kids Ahead Initiative is not a competitive grant program. Enrollment for the program closed at 5 p.m. on Monday, April 4, 2022.

Technical assistance questions can be directed to getmhs@dpi.wi.gov.

Funding Allocations by District Round 1 and 2

How should the funds be coded? Recipients of Get Kids Ahead (GKA) dollars (districts and independent charter schools) should code the funds as source 780 revenue.